Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands prepares to open nominations for Community Choice Grants

February 8, 2024   ·   0 Comments

The opportunity for the public to show their support for a not-for-profit or charitable organization in the community is back!

The Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands is preparing for its fourth annual Community Choice Grants program, with even more money to be distributed than in 2023.

Last year, five $2,000 grants were distributed, but this year that amount is increasing to $3,000.

The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite nonprofit organization in the community by emailing or leaving a comment or direct message on Rotary Orangeville Highlands’ social media pages, stating Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to show their love for a charity that has touched their lives,” said Len Meyer, chair of the Rotary Grants Committee. “We’re especially hoping to help nonprofits where $3,000 will make a real difference. The major criterium is that the organization needs to serve Orangeville residents in some meaningful way.”

Recipients of the grants in the past include the Achill Choral Society, Branching Out Support Services, The Josh Project, Diabetes Canada D-Camps and the Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation. Close to 30 local organizations were nominated last year and 3,165 residents voted to make the final selection.

In order to help as many groups as possible, the winners from last year’s program will be exempt from receiving a grant this year.

“The launch of the grants program coincides with Nonprofit Appreciation Week. Nominating a local charity is a great way to recognize their impact in our community,” said Meyer.

Here are the key dates to watch out for concerning the Community Choice Grants:

  • Feb. 14-28 – Nominations Open: People can nominate a charity or nonprofit that serves Orangeville by emailing or posting a comment on Rotary Orangeville Highlands’ Facebook, Twitter (@RotaryHighlands) or Instagram (@rotaryhighlands) pages. All nominees will be invited to fill out an application form.
  • March 17-24 – Voting: Beginning on St. Patrick’s Day, the public will be invited to vote from the list of nominees at Rotary’s website The top three nonprofits receiving the most votes will each be awarded $3,000. The final two grants will be selected from by Rotary Orangeville Highlands, with a view to helping smaller nonprofits that do not have a large social media following.
  • March 31 – Winners Announced: The recipients will be announced on social media and through local media.

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