The Rotary Club of Hollister has announced that grant applications are available. Nonprofits and service organizations are invited to apply for awards ranging from $100 to $1,000 in support of projects that will benefit the communities within San Benito County. 

Process guidelines:
•    Propose a specific project rather than a contribution to your general fund.
•    The project must benefit the communities within San Benito County. Regional or national organizations must demonstrate funding will assist local clients.
•    No grants will be made that benefit only one or a few individuals.
•    Grants will be awarded on a bi-annual basis.
To be considered for a grant, an organization must submit a one-page project description and rotary application no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 for grants awarded in September 2014.  A second cycle will have a deadline of Friday, Feb. 27 for grants awarded April 1, 2015. 

Grant applications can be downloaded from the website:

Email applications and project descriptions to Rotary President Robert Freiri at  Put the name of the organization in the subject line of the e-mail and then attach a letter as a PDF or Word document to the e-mail.

International: (in partnership with Area 6 Clubs)

  • Mindanao, Philippines – New School Classroom
  • Lagos, Nigeria – 6 disease-free water wells and mosquito nets for 10,000 villagers as well as micro-finance project
  • Egbe, Nigeria – Medical equipment to Egbe Hospital
  • Accra, Ghana – Disease-free drinking water for nine villages
  • Mangoase, Ghana – Mangoase school water well and restroom building projects
  • Lira, Uganda – mosquito nets, school supplies and four water wells
  • Ameca, Mexico – Ambulance and medical equipment, school computers and textbooks


  • Chamberlain’s Children Center renovation
  • Change smoke detector batteries for seniors
  • Gilroy Compassion Center
  • Holte Holiday Dinners


  • More than $75,000 in scholarships to San Benito County High School students
  • Annual youth speech contest

About the Rotary Club of Hollister
From the Rotary Club: “The Rotary Club of Hollister, established in 1925, is dedicated to serving the local and world community. Our many projects are our attempt to live the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”  The club meets at every Monday at 12:00 at the Ridgemark Golf and Country Club. Some of the major accomplishments Hollister Rotary has helped the community with include: building a Heli-Pad at Hazel Hawkins Hospital, the Clubhouse at Bolado Golf Course, and the Hwy. 156 Landscape Entrance leading into Hollister. Hollister Rotary is part of District 5170 and situated in Area 6, which includes Almaden Valley, Gilroy, Gilroy Sunrise, Hollister, Morgan Hill and San Juan Bautista. Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.”