This past year, The Rotary Foundation provided $55,000 in Local District Grants to 31 Rotary Clubs in our District providing funds for scholarships, RYLA, and dictionary projects; parks, downtowns, and schools; works skills education and career readiness; and homeless veterans, among many worthwhile projects listed below.
Next Rotary Year’s Local Grants requests will be due by May 15th. More information will be sent to your President and Foundation Chair in the next few months (http://www.rotary6650.org/application.pdf).
Local Grant final reports will be due by June 15th (http://www.rotary6650.org/FinalReport.pdf).

Have an idea for a Rotary Global Grant?  Please contact Dr. Peter Apicella, DRFC (Peter@salemrad.com), or Dr. Meena Patel (durdarshan@sssnet.com). The District has funds available, and we would love to provide guidance.
Goats in Oholi, India, APPROVED for $33,000:
The Rotary Foundation has approved our Global Grant project to provide goats to the people of Oholi through a $5,000 Global Grant from our District. By partnering with a club in India and with the matching funds from The Rotary Foundation, the Grant will provide $33,000.
“Goat Farm on the mountain” will provide each household one female goat with few male goats for reproduction and eventually for goat meat (mutton), goat milk, goat cheese, goat fertilizer, and potential goat sales generating much needed funds. With proper care, the goat herd can become self-sustaining.
Oholi is the village we assisted with a water well to improve conditions for the women who carried water up/down a hill all day long and provided an agriculture equipment bank to assist farmer cultivating land.
Thanks to PDG Dr. Meena Patel for continuing to find ways for our District to Make a Difference in the world.
Hospital-Based Hemo-Dialysis Unit in the Province of Marinduque, Philippines, APPROVED for $47,500:
Elayne Bozick has been assisting with a project establishing a Hospital-Based Hemo-Dialysis Unit in the Province of Marinduque, Philippines. The dialysis center will be established within the compound of the provincial hospital. It will be managed by the Provincial Health Office. There is no dialysis center in the province of Marinduque. Patients diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have to travel by boat to Lucena City for 3 hours and then to Manila, if necessary, which requires an additional travel time of 4-5 hours. Dialysis must be performed 2-3 times a week, so for CKD patients, the economic and physical burden of travelling to seek the treatment makes it extremely difficult especially for the indigent and older patients.
A total of $47,500 was raised including $5,000 in District Global Funds. The building is well under way. Thank you Elayne and everyone who is Making a Difference in this world.
GiGi’s Playhouse Global Grant in Canton, Ohio, APPROVED for $45,500:
1 in 700 live births result in a child with chromosomal disorder called Down Syndrome causing intellectual and physical disabilities. 14 years ago, a mother with such a child initiated a program named GIGI Playhouse which implement purposeful programs for the children with Down Syndrome and their families with help from trained volunteers from local communities.
GiGi’s Playhouse Canton currently serves 50 families and has over 50 volunteers. Their board and launch committee have secured funding for a facility and the necessary rent. The group needs specialized equipment and educational materials to properly serve individuals with Down syndrome and their families thus improving the children’s quality of life and enabling the children to meet their highest potential. 
The Rotary Global Grant project would provide the funds necessary to purchase the equipment and materials needed to implement purposeful programs for the facility.
Rotarians in Rotary Club of Plain Township and PDG Meena Patel have worked on the project with the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the GiGi Playhouse Inc (national), and the Rotary Club in India who have benefited from our past projects.
It is unusual to partner with other countries to help a Rotary Club in the United States obtain a Global Grant. Special thanks to Dr. Patel for her help with this project and our Global Grant for the Military Family Center in Louisville, Ohio.
District 6650’s Global Reach - Did you know that our District can be very proud of our international work through The Rotary Foundation?
We currently have ongoing Rotary Global Grant projects providing funding for classroom-based libraries for elementary schools in Cam Lo, Vietnam; advanced life support equipment and education in Honduras; farmers cultivating land in Oholi, India; 600 portable computers for schools in Marthwada and Palghar, India; acid-attack survivor support in Uganda; mini-science centers in India; ophthalmic equipment for The Rotary Clinic in Kashmir, India; a Boys & Girls Club van in St Thomas; mobile children day centers (creches) at the construction sites in Pune, India; a hospital-based dialysis center in the Philippines; and our Military Family Veterans Center in Louisville, Ohio, which opened this fall.
Since January, we have added funds to assist creating a Women’s Diagnostic Center in Sri Lanka, GiGi’s Playhouse in Canton for children with Down’s, and providing Goats in Oholi, India.
Homeless Veterans Program - bus passes & food
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Humanitarian Aid
Gazebo on the Green Renovation
Character Counts Student Scholarships
Canton South
Cross Eyed Mission Central America
Lakeview School K-8 Rooftop Garden
Heritage Park Bench Restoration
East Canton
Working Together - Community Engagement (Work Skills & Career Readiness)
Food Pantry Support
Howland Twp
Howland Township Cemetery Beautification
Hubbard High School Scholarship
Jackson Township
Jackson Township Student Scholarships
Kinsman Park Restroom Project
Lake Township
RYLA Participants
RYLA Participants
Operation Warm Coats
Disabled Person Park Swing
Third Grade Dictionary Project
Dictionary & Interact Library Project
North Canton
Support for Hoover High School Culinary Arts Outreach
Startzman Clinic Medical Equipment
Plain Township
Glenwood Middle School Beautification - Park & Playground
Poland HS Rewarding Good Scholars
Third Grade Dictionary Project
Health & Wellness Educational Seminar for Community
Yellow Creek Park Bench
Little Free Library
Dictionary Project
Wooster High School Scholarship Program
Wick Park Landscaping
Peter Apicella, M.D., DRFC
2205 Pearce St, Salem, OH 44460
330-207-0500 (cell)