Los Altos Rotary Club members donate to local nonprofit groups

Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos Rotary Club

A Community Health Awareness counselor works with a student. CHAC recently received a Rotary Club of Los Altos grant.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently awarded community grants to local nonprofit organizations, underwritten with proceeds from the 2012 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

A dozen groups requested more than $40,000 in funding during the spring application period. The Rotary Endowment Fund donated $10,835 to seven recipients in amounts ranging from $750 to $2,000.

According to Rotary officials, recent requests have run three to four times higher than the available funds. Community Grants Chairman Jerry Moison heads a committee of 12 Rotarians who select the recipients based on their services and need.

This spring’s grant winners and causes include:

• Community Health Awareness Council: Provides counseling for youth in grades K-12.

• STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College: Reinforces high school juniors and seniors, with a focus on female and underprepared students, in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

• Bus Barn Theater: Underwrites tickets for local students to attend performances of “The Fantasticks.”

• Vida Verde: Provides scholarships that allow low-income children to attend the outdoor environmental camp for students in grades 3-6 in San Mateo County public schools.

• Family Supportive Housing: Provides homework tutors for homeless children in San Jose.

• Music for Minors: Purchases pitch pipes for choral students.

• Child Advocates: Improves the reliability of its computers for programs that assist foster children.

The Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund accepts community grant requests twice a year. The spring submission deadline is April 1 and the fall deadline is Oct. 1.

To access a grant application form, visit

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