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Difference Maker Fund

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As a member, you can apply for a Difference Maker Fund grant once a year to help offset the costs of your volunteer project.

The project and cause are up to you!

Become a Difference Maker in five simple steps. Apply for the Difference Maker Fund. if approved, we will mail you a check for $200. Invite friends and family to help you complete your project. take photos of your project. Submit your final rerport.


Program Steps

  1. Apply for a Difference Maker Fund project using the Apply Today Button.
  2. If approved, you will receive an email notification, and we will mail you a check for $200.
  3. Invite friends and family to help you complete your project.
  4. Take photos of your project.
  5. Submit your final report.

Program Guidelines

  • All members are eligible for this program once per calendar year.
  • We encourage you to apply at least 60 days before the project, but you can apply at any time.
  • You can buy food for a pantry, plant flowers in a park, purchase school supplies—the possibilities are endless. Need ideas? Read what other members have done.
  • Funds must be used in the calendar year awarded.
  • Funds cannot be used as a direct monetary contribution, and the Difference Maker Fund check cannot be signed over to an organization or another person.
  • Helpful Reminders:
    • Your friends and family helping with your project do not have to be Royal Neighbors members.
    • Track the number of hours each volunteer/helper works on your project.
    • Submit your final report within 10 days following your project end date. Then you will be entered into a random drawing to win an additional $500 for your cause/organization!
  • Funds will be awarded at the sole discretion of Royal Neighbors. You may be asked to provide receipts for your project.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or (309) 732-8216.

Member programs are provided at the discretion of Royal Neighbors of America, are not available in all states, and are subject to change without notice. They are not part of any insurance or annuity contract and are not guaranteed. Insurance or annuity products should not be purchased for eligibility or maintenance of nonguaranteed membership programs. These products should only be purchased if they meet the financial needs of the applicant. Member programs are available at no extra cost. Approval is not guaranteed. Supplies are limited.

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