PROJECTS & GRANTS
The Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs promotes and is involved in a number of projects, meeting the service related passion of our 50+ members. Here are a few of the projects we work on:
Annual CrabFest - Each year the club raises tens of thousands of dollars during our annual CrabFest (late winter/early spring). The money helps our club provide the following:
- Vocational Scholarships (Now CTE) - Our Vocational Committee interviews students at Ashland High School who are pursuing non-traditional routes of higher education. We have supported fantastic students through auto mechanic school, cosmetology school, culinary school and even mortician school, just to name a few. Our club is passionate about ensuring the future for these bright young students who may not be eligible for scholarships that students attending traditional 4-year universities have access to. Our scholarships make significant impacts on these students lives.
- Middle School Scholarships - Through CrabFest funds, we are also able to provide Middle School scholarships- focused on enrichment. Through our scholarship programs, students are able to attend summer camps, music/dance/theater lessons, just to name a few.
- Community Service Grant Opportunities
UPDATE: We regret that our club is unable to fund its grants program this year due to budgetary constraints. Because we have been unable to hold our annual Rotary CrabFest for the past three years, we have not been unable to raise the funds which our grants program solely depends on.
We are pleased to report that our club, like many organizations, is in the process of recovering and rebuilding from COVID-19 related challenges and we are actively planning to host our CrabFest in 2023. The members of the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs look forward to re-establishing our grants program in the Fall of 2023.
- Youth Program Grants - Youth Program grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to qualified area non-profit organizations, schools, or government agencies for programs that actively engage and benefit youth up to 18 years of age in the Rogue Valley. Prior awards have supported a variety of youth projects addressing literacy, food scarcity, arts and music education, and other extracurricular activities. Note: Youth Grant program has been deferred to next year. Applications will open again in October 2023.
- Community Program Grants - Community Program grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to qualified organizations working to address economic and community development, create employment opportunities, reduce poverty, improve health care, and provide hunger relief. These grants are offered by the club and reflect Rotary’s focus on tackling the most critical humanitarian challenges at home and abroad. Note: Community Grant program has been deferred to next year. Applications will open again in October 2023.
Rotary Dictionary Project
International Student Exchange (on pause during COVID-19)
Rogue Powerpack Program (Talent Elementary School)