Community Grant Program

Rotary is a service organization of community leaders and global citizens who are united for the common good. Rotarians provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build peace in the world. Rotary is dedicated to promoting truth, enhancing good will, better friendships and being beneficial to all concerned. There are 1.2 million men and women who belong to over 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world. Membership is by invitation only and reflects a cross section of community representation.

The Rotary Club of Newnan invites proposals from 501(c)3 tax exempt organizations in the Newnan and Coweta County area to apply. Proposals should be for programs and projects that promote Rotary’s mission and ideals, enhance the greater Newnan-Coweta County community, enhance access, fairness, inclusiveness, and diversity.

The Rotary Club of Newnan only accepts grant applications for projects or programs that benefit Coweta citizens. The Rotary Club of Newnan will consider support for a wide range of programs and services through the Community Grants program. To determine if you qualify, please refer to the Qualifying Participants section below. All grants must be submitted online. No mail in grants will be accepted.

The Rotary Club of Newnan only considers grants will be used for its stated purpose and will not be used in any program that otherwise discriminates on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

The Rotary Club of Newnan does not discriminate in the awarding of community grants on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age, or any other basis prohibited by law. The Rotary Club of Newnan recognizes that applicants may limit their services or opportunities to specific targeted populations within the community; however, any such limitations must be reasonably related to the effective provision of the services/opportunities.

The Rotary Club of Newnan typically announces grant awards by the first of February and all organizations which have applied will be informed of their funding status by mid-February.

The Rotary Club of Newnan requires a follow up report of the results of the project/program from all organizations who have been awarded grants. Grant Evaluation reports will be sent in the last quarter of the 2020-2021 cycle.


Your Application is NOT complete unless the following information is submitted as PDF documents when completing the online application. All documents are required and if not attached your application will be considered incomplete and not eligible for an award

  • 501c(3) tax exempt letter from the IRS (Must be at least 3 years)
  • List of Current Board of Directors
  • Most recent filing of IRS 990 (pages 1, 2, 7-12 only), 990 EZ or 990-N (e-Postcard), whichever is applicable
  • Most recent Year-End Financial Report
  • Current Annual Budget
  • Georgia Charitable Solicitations Act Charitable Organization Registration (C-100), unless exempt

Community Grant Guidelines:

  • Organization must be a qualified 501c3
  • Grant requests my not exceed $1,000
  • Online application must be filled out in its entirety
  • Contact person must have direct knowledge of grant request and be able to answer any questions
  • Person completing grant application may be a person other than contact person
  • Only organizations serving Coweta residents may apply
  • During the grant review process, a member of our Community Grant Committee may contact the organization if any additional information is required.
  • Organizations applying for grant support may be required to submit to a site inspection
  • Any applications received after the deadline date and time will not be considered.

    Examples of grant uses may include but are not limited to the following:

    • Direct delivery of services to the population served (e.g. medical treatment, counseling, instruction, etc.)
    • Acquisition of tangible items for population served (e.g. food, clothes, instructional items, equipment for programs, etc.)
    • Purchase of equipment and tangible items for organization (e.g. vans, computers, copiers, etc.)
    • Services and intangibles for the organization (e.g. staff training)
    • Administrative Services and supplies to support delivery of program (e.g. accounting, management, maintenance, repairs, equipment lease and utilities)
    • Purchase of building or renovating facilities (e.g. bricks and mortar)

    QUALIFIED GRANTEE PARTICIPANTS (list is not intended to be all-inclusive and is subject to review by the Grants Committee)

    • Youth Learning
    • Basic Human Needs
    • Employment and Training
    • Youth Recreation
    • Community Engagement
    • Environment
    • Youth at Risk After-School Programs
    • Emergency Shelter and Counseling Services for Victims of Violence, Domestic, Spousal, and Child Abuse
    • Homelessness
    • Disabled or Handicapped Job Training/Vocational Education
    • Substance and Alcohol Abuse
    • Older Adult Life Enrichment Programs
    • End of Life, Respite and Palliative Care
    • Pro-Life Resource Services
    • Literacy Programs
    • Animal Welfare
    • Food Bank
    • Medical/Dental Services at Qualified Free Clinic Providers
    • Churches (only if grant is unrelated to a religious purpose and does not promote a religion or sect)

    NON-QUALIFIED GRANTEE PARTICIPANTS (list is not intended to be all-inclusive and is subject to review by the Grants Committee)

    • For Profit Businesses
    • Political organizations, campaigns, or candidates
    • Personal fundraising or fees for special events (runs, walk-a-thons, etc.)
    • Programs located outside our geographic granting area currently defined as Coweta County
    • Payment of funds to retire existing debts (prior to your application) or to pay costs that the applicant is already obliged to pay.
    • Annual Fundraising Campaigns or Fundraising Events
    • Medical Researchers or Practitioners
    • Emergency Disaster Relief
    • Publicly Funded Educational Institutions for the purpose of Educational Programs or Operational Funding

    I HAVE READ AND ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE 2020-2021 ROTARTY CLUB OF NEWNAN COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM (Have a box that must be checked in order to open up the link to the application. This will serve as a signature agreement)

    Should you have any questions, please contact our grants chair, Kevin Barbee, at