Naperville Sunrise Rotary seeks grant applications supporting youth and families

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is currently 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 and NaperLights.

In addition, ancillary fundraising initiatives are hosted on occasion by one or more of our four avenues of service committees, including community; international; vocational; and youth services.

If your organization would like to be considered for funding, an application form is online at the club's website,

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, for consideration. Complete instructions appear on the website.

"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 future," said Deb Newman, community service committee chair. "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. We are a diverse Rotary Club with a wide range of ages, backgrounds and interests," Newman said. "But we are all dedicated to the idea that our future depends on our consciously nurturing the potential of future leaders today."

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 on the results of the funding. Grants will be announced by early 2024.

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise meets the first three Fridays each month.

Guests and prospective members are welcome to join leaders, exchange ideas and take part in action to enrich our community. See how leaders from Naperville and countries, cultures, and occupations around the world are taking action - to enhance health, empower youth, promote peace, and improve their communities.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, visit

Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the "flag" link in the lower-right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.