(Topeka) - The Topeka Rotary Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals to award grants totaling $15,000 within the next few months. 

             The Foundation is the charitable gifting arm of the Topeka Rotary Club (downtown), and has recently adopted a new approach to gifting and civic support, said Joanie Underwood, chair of the foundation’s gifting committee.


  “We are synchronizing our annual charitable gifting within Shawnee County by adopting the Quality of Life goals defined by Heartland Visioning. We are also increasing our grant amounts considerably to make a greater impact,” Underwood said. “Grant requests that leverage the assets and efforts of the recipients and those with broad collaboration to really make a difference in our community will be looked upon most favorably.”

            Proposals that seek to improve the quality of life in Topeka and Shawnee County through Arts, Culture, Recreation and Entertainment; or Public Health and Public Safety; or through Social Services will be considered.

Any non-profit, tax exempt entity may complete a simple proposal form requesting up to $5,000. The deadline for a RFP is February 12 and awards will be made before June 30. The RFP form can be found here or by calling the Topeka Rotary Office at 785-232-7216. (MEDIA: Find RFP attached for your review) All proposals are to be submitted electronically to dtrotary@swbell.net and also with one signed, paper copy submitted by the deadline to: Rotary Club of Topeka, 420 SE 6th, Suite 121, Topeka, KS 66607.

            “As we near the 100th anniversary of Topeka Rotary in 2014 we are very excited about this new approach to maximizing the gifting results in the Topeka community,” Underwood said.

            Organizations with questions can contact Roger Aeschliman, President of the Topeka Rotary Foundation at 785-267-8782.

Download the RFP