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Turn your passion into action

As a member of Royal Neighbors, you can bring your volunteer idea to life with our Difference Maker Fund. Choose the cause you want to support through volunteerism and then apply, receive the funds, and share your story with us.

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Difference Maker Fund details

  • As a member, you can apply for this $200 grant once a year to offset the costs of a volunteer project created by you to benefit a nonprofit organization or cause of your choice.
  • We encourage you to apply at least 60 days before the project, but we welcome your application at any time.
  • Once approved, you will receive a Difference Maker Kit including T-shirts, a banner and supplies to make your project a success.
  • We encourage you to rally your friends, family and community members to help with the project – volunteers are not required to be members of Royal Neighbors.
  • As the leader of this project, we ask that you track the number of volunteer hours generated from the project and submit a final report within 10 days following the completion of the project. Submitting the final report on time will also enter you into a random drawing to win an additional $500 for your cause/organization!

General guidelines

Projects can be a fundraiser, service activity, or educational event. For example, you can host a project that:

  • Supports a grassroots cause that makes a positive social impact in your community
  • Supports a charitable cause that specifically helps women or girls
  • Provides leadership, development, or financial literacy opportunities for women, girls, or other community groups

Please remember:

  • Funds cannot be used as a direct monetary contribution to an organization, nor can multiple members apply to receive a grant for the same project during the same year.
  • Funds must be used within the calendar year awarded unless prior approval was received from the Home Offices.
  • Funds will be awarded at the sole discretion of Royal Neighbors.


All you need is an idea, some friends, and our Difference Maker Fund to make a difference in your neighborhood. Get inspired! Check out projects completed by members like you.


Already have a project in mind? Complete the simple online application from your computer, tablet, or smart phone in about 5 minutes to get started.

Apply and Make a Difference

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Royal Neighbors philanthropy programs are provided at the discretion of Royal Neighbors of America. They are subject to change at any time and may not be available in all states.

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