Ready to learn? Let us help! The Learning Fund provides financial support to help local changemakers cover tuition and conference fees for virtual learning experiences offered from partners across the globe.


As so many learning experiences shift from face-to-face offerings to virtual versions, the variety of learning experiences available have grown exponentially. The incredible new availability of offerings covers every topic imaginable including new challenges Rotary Charities knows our community is facing. The Learning Fund aims to provide tuition for local changemakers (and/or their teams) to attend virtual learning experiences broadly aligned with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of Rotary Charities including technical, operational, and transformational learning opportunities. So if you've been saving an email with a learning experience for "someday" now is the time to dig it out and apply.



  1. Changemakers may apply for tuition assistance from the Learning Fund of up to $500 per individual or up to $2,000 for a team of 4 or more. No matching funds are required.
  2. Eligible applicants must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, unit of government or Native nation serving Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska or Leelanau Counties.
  3. Approval of Learning Fund requests will be made based on:

  • Broad alignment with the mission, vision and guiding principles of Rotary Charities
  • Ability of learning experience to foster one or more of the following:
    • Essential capacities for navigating the pandemic and resulting recession
    • Capacities to support systems change
    • Supportive capacities to help changemakers work better together (leadership, facilitation, collaborative skills, virtual collaboration, time management, etc.)
    • Capacities to support assets and community development
  • Ability of applicants to describe how they will apply the learning to improve their work help create community impact
  • Description of financial need


  1. Learning Fund requests will be accepted throughout the year using the online application below.
  2. Applicants will receive a confirmation email immediately and notification of approval or denial within two weeks (typically sooner).
  3. Payments will be made in our next regularly scheduled check run at the middle or end of the month. Checks will be made to payable to organizations, not individuals.
  4. Changemakers will complete a brief Learning Fund Evaluation Survey within 30 days of completing the learning experience. Survey results will be used to help adapt the program.
  5. Question? Contact Colleen Masterson-Bzdok 

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Learning Experience Resources

If you haven't found the right learning experience for you and your team yet, check out our Resources for Adapting or Learning Experiences pages for inspiration.