The Rotary LOCAL Program helps educators in the Tucson area through service and direct financial assistance. In many cases, our network of local business partners provides the necessary resources to help achieve project goals. If you're a business leader who wants to strengthen community through education, consider partnering with Rotary LOCAL.

If you're an educator, tell us what you need. We believe that you can identify your needs better than we can.  Be creative, and tell us how we can help you build a stronger community through education. But first, take a few minutes and read our guidelines listed below to help you get started.


During these difficult times, supporting our teachers and students is more important than ever.  Please consider donating directly to our Rotary Local project so we can continue to give our youth what they need to learn.

Or mail your tax deductible donation to:

Rincon Rotary Foundation

P.O. Box 14433

Tucson, AZ  85732


Rotary LOCAL is funded by the Rincon Rotary Foundation's annual signature fundraiser, "Taste of Chocolate".  All proceeds from the event ticket sales, wine & beer sales, and the generosity of our sponsors are used soley to support local educational organizations.

For more information about "Taste of Chocolate", please visit www.tucsontasteofchocolate.org.  We hope you'll join us at our next event with your friends and family to help us raise money for our youth while enjoying chocolate treats from local chefs.


The Rincon Rotary Foundation works primarily with educational organizations in Tucson.  There are some important things to consider when submitting your proposal:

First:  Any financial assistance or manpower that we allocate must directly benefit students in the Tucson region.


Second:  Be specific as to your needs, including a dollar amount, equipment, materials, volunteer manpower, etc.  It does not just have to be direct financial assistance. Proposals which involve local businesses or the Rincon Rotary Club itself in the classroom tend to be favored.


Third:  As a general rule, smaller requests are more likely to be approved than larger ones. That said, requests of approximately $500 (or less) are likely to be considered.


Fourth:  We are happy to partner with other organizations as a partial sponsor for your project.

Note: As a policy, we have decided not to fund requests for Chromebooks or iPads.  Nor will we fund

professional development conference attendance for teachers, educational student trips, or magazine or other annual subscriptions, preferring to focus our efforts on initiatives within the classroom/school itself.  


Rincon Rotary’s Vision

The Vision of the Rincon Rotary Foundation is to promote scholarship and citizenship as a committed friend of education; to direct and manage programs that involve youth, adults, families, seniors and those with disabilities; to provide assistance in skills training and on-the-job experience working with the Pima County JTED; and to involve all of our members in one or more of our variety of projects while striving to meet the Rotary International motto of Service above Self.


In general, the Rotary Four-Way Test is a good baseline for our values. If your proposal, and your values, are aligned with our Four Way Test, we will consider your request.

Rotary Four-Way Test

  1. Is it the truth?

  2. Is it fair to all concerned?

  3. Is it beneficial to all concerned?

  4. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Our Vision Committee meets regularly to screen each application for acceptance;  You will be notified of the results immediately after the Committee meeting and if your application has been accepted, a club member will be assigned to help fulfill your request.

Please note that we do not provide monetary grants.  Rather, we request specific details of the classroom tools you are requesting so we may shop for them locally.  Please include links, photos, and/or full descriptions whenever possible.



Academy Of Tucson High School

Agua Caliente Elementary School

Arizona Trail Association

Banks Elementary

Bloom Elementary

Booth-Fickett K-8 Magnet School

Canyon View Elementary

Challenger Middle School

Cienega High School

City High School

Collier Elementary

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning

COPE Community Services, Inc. Thrive Program

Copper Ridge Elementary

Desert Christian High School

Doolen Middle School

Elvira Elementary

Eastpoint High School

Emily Gray Junior High School

Erickson Elementary School

Esperero Canyon Middle School

Fruchthendler Elementary School

Gale Elementary

Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts

Kellond Elementary

La Cima Middle School

Magee Middle School


Marybelle McCorkle Academy of Excellence PK-8

Mission Manor Elementary School

Ocotillo Early Learning Center

Palo Verde Magnet High School

Project Healing Water Fly Fishing- Fort Huachuca

Pueblo Gardens PreK-8

Rincon/University High School

Roberts/Naylor K-8

Robison Elementary

Sabino High School

Safford K-8 Magnet

St. Augustine Catholic High School

St. Michael's School

St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church

Tanque Verde Elementary

Tanque Verde High School

Tanque Verde Lutheran Preschool/Kindergarten

Tucson Country Day School

Vail Inclusive Preschool

Ventana Vista Elementary School

Wheeler Elementary