Oak Harbor Rotary Club seeks applications for community service grants program

The Oak Harbor Rotary Club announces the initiation of an annual Community Service Grants Program. The community grants are intended to promote the quality of life in the greater Oak Harbor area.

These grants will support 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the community that have special projects or needs not funded by general funding sources.

Grants will be awarded within the range of $500 to $2,500. The club anticipates making two $500, two $1,000, one $2,000 and one $2,500 grants in 2013.

“Rotary has been contributing to the Oak Harbor community since 1936. We are well known for our donations of more than $250,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and for spearheading the annual Fourth of July parade and for donating the land that the farmers market sits on and for leading the Oak Harbor High School football stadium fundraising effort as well as countless other charitable causes in the community,” said Rotary Club President Mike Hakanson.

Rotary member George Saul, who is heading up the grants program said, “We hope the annual grants program can help the club rationalize our annual giving and we hope it will serve as a needs assessment over time.”

The 2013 program started accepting applications Jan. 4.

Applications for the 2013 awards must be received by Feb. 15 and awardees will be announced in March.

The grantee organizations will be honored at a check presentation during Rotary’s lunch meeting on Friday, March 29. The public is invited to attend.

Application instructions for the grants can be found on the Oak Harbor Rotary Club website:

Anyone may make contributions to the Oak Harbor Rotary Club Community Service Grants Program at any time. Donation checks should be made payable to Oak Harbor Rotary Foundation and mailed to Oak Harbor Rotary Club, PO Box 442, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Note “Community Grants” on the memo line.

Rotary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions may be tax deductible.

For more information, contact George Saul at or 206-228-0256.


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