ROTARY/One CPS Opportunity Grants

Our grant application period for 2021 is now closed. 

To all of you who submitted applications for grants this year, thank you so much. We are now beginning our review process. For those of you who missed the opportunity this year, we hope you will consider applying next year.

ROTARY/One Grant Objectives

ROTARY/One has identified several objectives for this grant program:

  • Improve educational outcomes in Chicago;
  • Support underserved areas and student populations;
  • Provide a potential opportunity for ROTARY/One members to be engaged with our community; and
  • Leverage the knowledge and know-how of CPS teachers regarding the needs of their students.



Eligibility criteria include:

  • Serves grades preK-12 at Chicago Public Schools (CPS);
  • Targeted to a classroom or entire grade level at a school;
  • May begin project implementation in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year; and
  • Schools may submit multiple proposals during this grant period


Submittal Instructions

Please follow the following guidelines for your submittal:

  • Length: 4 pages maximum
  • File Type: .pdf
  • Clarity: There should be enough detail in the proposal so that individuals not familiar with terminology or products specific to your field can understand what the proposal is suggesting and its value.
  • Contents (in this order):
  1. Basic biographical information. Include at a minimum your name, position/title, school, school address, contact e-mail, and contact phone number. Please include the name and contact information for the principal at your school (if applicable).
  2. School demographic information. Provide information related to, at a minimum, number of students at the school, grade levels at the school, socioeconomic status of students (e.g., percent on free or reduced price lunch), student race/ethnicity information.
  3. Purpose and need. What is the need you are trying to satisfy? How did you identify this need? Please quantify the need if possible. How does this proposed project address ROTARY/One’s objectives for this grant program?
  4. Impact. Who will be impacted, e.g., how many students, and for how long? What are the short- and long-term impacts?
  5. Evaluation. Describe how you will demonstrate that you have met the purpose and need for the project and the ROTARY/One grant objectives, and how you will evaluate the success/impact.
  6. Schedule. How long will it take to implement this project? Will it be phased? When would funds need to be disbursed? Please clarify if your project is for AY 2020-2021 or AY 2021-2022.
  7. Status reports. Ongoing brief monthly progress reports must be submitted to ROTARY/One until completion of the project. A final report must be submitted that provides an overview of the success/impact of the project, including pictures that may be used in ROTARY/One media.
  8. Budget. Please provide a budget table with estimated costs. Recognize that this is a best estimate. Receipts must be provided to ROTARY/One for any purchases.
  9. ROTARY/One participation. Some element of participation by ROTARY/One members is encouraged. Please describe any possibilities for participation.
  10. ROTARY/One recognition. Some element of recognition of ROTARY/One for the grant is encouraged (e.g., inclusion of ROTARY/One stickers on books or equipment). Please describe any possibilities for recognition. Note that your grant project may be highlighted in ROTARY/One media.
  11. Leadership buy-in. Please provide a signed statement confirming that your school principal, network chief, or district superintendent approves this project



Proposals are due by Midnight CDT March 31, 2021. Grant results are expected to be announced in mid-April.


Grant Awards

Grant requests are not to exceed $5,000.

ROTARY/One may opt to fund a portion of a proposal depending on available funding. ROTARY/One may be able to accomplish some elements of the proposed scope via in-kind contributions or donated items. The exact disbursal process or other funding specifics will vary based on the nature of the proposal. ROTARY/One will work with the grantee prior to project commencement to clarify these items before proceeding.

The ROTARY/One Community Service Committee reviews all grant applications and has final say on whether an application will be funded. The Committee may request further information on your proposal prior to approval.


About the Rotary Club of Chicago

The Rotary movement began in Chicago in 1905 with the founding of the Rotary Club of Chicago (ROTARY/One). Today, the Rotary Club of Chicago boasts nearly 200 members who meet on a weekly basis, a dedicated Foundation (the ROTARY/One Foundation, Inc.), a vibrant calendar of guest speakers, and strong participation in service projects both in Chicago and across the world.

The Rotary Club of Chicago, through our fellowship of diverse, ethical individuals, works together to have a transformative impact on our internal and external community. Our Community Service Committee, which executes our service projects here in Chicago, has committed to focus this year on basic education and literacy.



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