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Sunrise Rotary seeks grant applications to help fund youth and families initiatives

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The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is seeking proposals for programs and services that support the Naperville community’s families, children, teens and young adults. The Club is accepting grant applications for consideration as it selects funding recipients for 2024.

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise conducts fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual St. Patty’s Day 5K, Rotary Ride and NaperLights.

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In addition, ancillary fundraising initiatives are hosted on occasion by one or more of Rotary four avenues of service committees, including Community; International; Vocational; and Youth Services.

Qualifying organizations to be considered will find a grant application with instructions online at www.napervillesunrise.com/home/funding-request. Applications must be received by the recently extended deadline to submit grant applications. Kindly submit by 5PM Fri., Jan. 12, 2024.

“Our club is dedicated to providing support which will enable local organizations to help families, young children and young people survive and thrive to become the kind of young adults who will lead our community in the future,” noted Community Service Committee Chair Deb Newman. “Our young people face many challenges as they navigate through their teen and young adult lives, and there are myriad worthy programs and services to help them. Our club wants to help those programs with funding to make a difference.”

Rotary Sunrise is a diverse Rotary Club with members representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and interests.

“We’re all dedicated to the idea that our future depends on our consciously nurturing the potential of future leaders today,” Newman added.

Funding requests are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The potential of the organization or project to be funded to improve the quality of life of youth and families which is in alignment with the Rotary Club’s mission and avenues of service.
  • Plans for measuring success, outcomes and benefits of the funded organization or program to those served.
  • The demonstrated stability of the requesting organization through consistent and effective management, strong board engagement, a broad base of community and volunteer support and financial responsibility.
  • The ability of the requesting organization to support and augment the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise 5K or Rotary Ride with event promotion/marketing and day-of event volunteer support.

All selected beneficiaries will be required to report back to the Club with the results of the funding. Grants will be announced by early 2024.

For more information, visit www.napervillesunrise.com.

Last Updated, Dec. 23, 2023.

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