Crested Butte Rotary Grants 2016

Community Grant Program

As of 2020, the Crested Butte Rotary Club has returned to an annual cycle for issuing community grants to local 501c3 non-profit organizations.

2024 funding requests are being accepted through June 29th, 2024. Please download, complete, and return the application to Include “2024 Rotary Grant” in the subject line. Click here to download the application.

The Crested Butte Rotary Club provides community grants to deserving nonprofit organizations as well as the public schools. Funding is generated by CB Rotary Club’s annual Duckie Race. Grants prioritize education programs, health & human services, youth programming, and arts & culture. The Community Grants Committee will review all applications and submit recommendations to the Rotary Club Board of Directors for their approval.

Please review the following important information below, if you are interested in applying for a community grant.


Application deadline to apply: June 29th, 2024
Announcement of awarded grants: late July
Download Community Grant Application here. Please submit your grant application by email in PDF format to by the due date; include “2024 Rotary Grant” in the subject line.


  • Education
  • Health and human services
  • Youth programming
  • Arts and culture

Projects and services must address a local need, be available to the community as a whole and/or target a specific in-need segment of the community. The higher the number of people served, the better. If a program, project , or service is valley-wide, Rotary will encourage the requesting organization to seek funding from the Rotary Club of Gunnison as well. CB Rotary Club prefers to provide seed-money for new, unique and innovative projects and services or for the purchase of specific capital assets. Organizations are encouraged to apply in the category that matches their primary mission statement or the primary purpose of their community service/project.

Recipients of Rotary Grants are required to announce, advertise, or otherwise publicly recognize Rotary as a donor.

The Community Grants Committee applauds opportunities for matching grants although the Committee will not take responsibility for monitoring, tracking and auditing to assure grants are matched.

Organizations may only receive one grant during the Rotary Club’s fiscal year, September-August.

An organization is not required to present their application before the club. Those requesting grants are no longer required to make a presentation at Rotary Club meetings but must make a formal written request to the Community Grant Committee.  This will allow all organizations that meet the Rotary Community Grant criteria an equal opportunity to request grant funds.

A representative of the grant recipient must make a presentation at a meeting regarding the expenditure of grant funds they received and the results of the project upon completion of the project. Presentations need to occur no later than the application deadline for the next grant cycle.

Please note that any information provided in the grant application may be used in Rotary press releases, reports, research or other published matters unless confidentiality is requested in writing.


In general, the Rotary Club does not grant funds to the following types of organizations or projects:

  • Religious activities or projects that serve, or appear to serve, the doctrine of a specific religious group or denomination. If a proposal submitted by a church-based or similar organization is intended to serve a broad segment of the population, as would a project of a comparable non-religious organization, the committee will consider the proposal on the same basis as proposals from other nonprofits
  • Political lobbying, political campaigns or legislative activities
  • Debt retirement or deficit financing
  • Operating Expenses
  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Development Funds or Foundations
  • Organizations that received a Rotary Foundation Grant the prior year
  • Multi-Year Requests


The Rotary Club Community Grants Committee will evaluate each proposal on, but not limited to:

  • Response to community issues
  • Financial and community need
  • Availability to the community as a whole or to a large in-need segment of the community
  • Ability to improve community members’ lives
  • Measurable results

Decisions not to fund particular applications are more likely to result from limited resources than to reflect upon the merits of the applicant or the worthiness of the proposal.


If you have any questions, please contact us at; include “2024 Rotary Grant” in the subject line.


 CB Arts Festival  Gunnison Valley Health Foundation
 CB Mountain Theatre  Gunnison Valley Mentors
 CB Museum  Imagination Library
 CB Music Festival  KBUT
 CB Nordic  Living Journeys
 CB Search & Rescue   Mountain Roots
 CB Snowsports Foundation  Mt. Kids Film
 CB Wildflower Fest  Paradise Place Preschool
 CBCS PTSA Afterprom  Project Hope
 CBCS-Enrichment  RMBL
 Celebrate The Beat  Safe Harbor Ranch
 Coldharbour Institute  Scout Troop 476
 Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley  Six Points
 GCSAPP  Stepping Stones
 gO Initiative  Sustainable CB
 Gunnison Confidential Advoc  Tough Enough to Wear Pink
 Gunnison Food Pantry  Trailhead Museum
 Gunnison Library  West Elk Soccer
 GV Health Coalition

Nondiscrimination Policy: Organizations are considered only if they do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its activities or operations.

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