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Binghamton Rotary Charities Fund, Inc.
Thank you for considering the Binghamton Rotary Charities Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity that is dedicated to distributing funds raised by the Rotary Club of Binghamton for exclusively charitable purposes. While our funds are raised by members of the Rotary Club of Binghamton, our Charities Fund is a separate and distinct organization from the Club and is governed by its own board and officers.
We are pleased to provide grants to worthy charitable projects and we have created a set of guidelines to determine how closely your project aligns with our vision. We will consider all requests, but please be aware of the following guidelines:
We are MORE LIKELY to consider funding proposals for projects that:
- Complete the full application
- Are asking for $1,500 or less from our fund
- Are proposed by 501(c)(3) public charities
- Are for the purchase of a tangible good that will provide significant use to the organization and whose purchase can be verified through the submission of an invoice
- Provide a way for “The Rotary Club of Binghamton” to be publicly acknowledged and promoted
- Are club, district, or international projects sponsored by Rotarians also seeking support and approval from The Rotary Foundation or are working in partnership with another Rotary Club
- Directly benefit the community of the greater Binghamton area or is closely connected to the greater Binghamton area
We are LESS LIKELY to consider funding proposals for projects that:
- Are requested through a solicitation letter rather than our application process
- Are proposed by an individual or individuals not acting on behalf of a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Benefit one individual or a limited set of individuals (for example, travel expenses for an individual or group)
- Are seeking general sponsorship or advertisement
- Are seeking support for general operating expenses, salaries, or other compensation for employees
- International projects sponsored by organizations outside of Rotary International or the Rotary Foundation or that do not have a direct and clear connection to the greater Binghamton community
- Are proposed on behalf of organizations that have previously received a grant from our Charities Fund within the last three years
In order to be considered, your application must be sponsored by a member of the Rotary Club of Binghamton who will also serve as the primary point of contact between our Charities Fund and your project. Your sponsor’s name must be included on the application form and your sponsor must have already agreed to serve as a Rotarian sponsor before you submit your application. If you do not have a Rotarian sponsor and do not know any members of our club, please contact our president (Vikki Collazo email@example.com) with a brief description of your proposed project and we will present it to the club in order to seek a member who will be willing to serve as your sponsor.
In addition to completing this application in its entirety with the requested list of your organization’s board of directors and your project’s full budget (to be copied and pasted into this form or otherwise attached), you may be asked to visit us in person at one of our meetings to answer specific questions.
Additionally, should we look favorably upon your request, we will ask you to attend a lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Binghamton for a check presentation. The actual presentation of the check only takes a moment, but it does provide a photo opportunity for both the Club and your organization to use for promotion.
We also ask that you provide for a way in which the Rotary Club of Binghamton can continue to be publicly acknowledged for the grant.
An invoice of the purchase must be submitted when available.
A final report must be completed and submitted upon completion of the project with one or more pictures and within a reasonable amount of time following the completion of the project.
If your project requires immediate funds (within weeks rather than months), our program may not be for you. Our board meets to discuss grants once per month and it often takes more than one meeting for us to decide how best to award our funds given the funding options placed before us. In many cases, applicants may not receive a decision from us for 60-90 days.
For an application to apply, please reach out to: Vikki Collazo, President, Binghamton Rotary Charities Fund, Inc.. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Community Projects
- Friends of the Forum – Hearing Loop
- Trumansburg Flood Relief
- Seton Catholic- After Prom Party
- Tri Cities Opera – Basement storage humidifier
- Gigi’s Playhouse- LMNOP Materials
- Food Bank of the Southern Tier Backpack Repack Program
- Binghamton University Price Waterhouse Coopers Scholars – 2, Benches for Housing Authority Project
- Samaritan Counseling Center of the Southern Tier – Samaritan Venture
- Room to Heal – Room project
- GBEOP (Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program) – Junior Achievement Program
- WSKG – 2 Documentaries on Addiction
- Literacy Volunteers – Office Equipment Capacity Building
- Binghamton Philharmonic – Ticket Printer
- Know Theatre – Lighting Board
- RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) participants from Binghamton High School and Seton Catholic
- Teen Institute Addiction Center at Children’s Home
- Addiction & Opioid Disorder
- Ghana Marketplace – Roof & Rest Rooms
- Purchased 5 Shelterbox Units for
Friends of the Forum, Hearing Loop Project
Chenango River Theatre, Theatrical Dimmer Rack Installation
Goodwill Theatre, Grand Pialno Reconditioning
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School First Grade, Math & Movement Area Learning Rug
YWCA of Binghamton Young Wonders Early Childhood Center, Environmental Rating Scale Improvements
Art Mission Theatre, Film Honoring Female Veterans
Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Back Pack Program
Meetings: Every Tuesday - Doors open at 11:45AM
SUNY Broome Culinary Event Center, 78 Exchange Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Charities Grant Program
How to Apply
Binghamton Rotary Charites is accepting applications for its Grants program, which is intended to enhance the quality of life primarily in the Binghamton area. Small non-profit organizations are especially encouraged to apply.
We invite your requests for needs that are not funded by general funding sources, or for special projects. Historically, grants have been awarded in the $200 – $1,000 range.
- All grant applications must be for projects within the Greater Binghamton area.
- Grants are made on a rolling basis. Applications should be sent by e mail and by snail mail to the current Charities president. Applications are considered at monthly meetings and should be received a minimum of one week prior to the first Tuesday of the month for full consideration.
- Grants may range from $200 to a maximum for $1500. They are not made for operating budgets or endowments. Applications normally come from 501 © (3) organizations and a copy of that determination is required with the application.
- Grants must be expended within one year of the date granted. Grant recipients will be notified by email or telephone. A check presentation will take place at a Rotary Tuesday luncheon meeting scheduled at the convenience of the grantee.
- Proposals consist of the application form with all questions answered along with a cover letter on the organization’s letterhead/stationery.
Be sure you have included the legal name of the organization, a description of its mission, the names of the governing body/board and officers, a simple budget breakdown for the project/request, and the name, address, email, and telephone number of the grant contact person.
- A one-page final report is requested upon completion of the project.
Contact Vikki Collazo, email@example.com