Difference Maker Fund

Your cause. Your enthusiasm. Our funds.

Our Difference Maker Fund is designed to support your individual efforts to improve your community.
You can apply to receive financial assistance for a volunteer project you are leading in your community.

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  1. Identify a qualifying need. If you are passionate about a cause, we can help you support it.
  2. Think of a project idea. There are many ways to make an impact.
  3. Form a team. Gather your friends and family together to volunteer for your project.
  4. Apply today! It's easy to do and the results can be amazing.

Difference Maker Fund ProjectWhat you get

  • $200 in seed money
  • Instructions and project tips
  • T-shirts for your volunteers
  • Promotional signage for use at the activity
  • The satisfaction of making a difference

Royal Neighbors funds as many projects as possible each quarter and provides $200 in seed money to support your project.

Important dates

Apply byGrants Announced byYour Final Report Due
Feb. 1Feb. 15May 1
May 1May 15Aug. 1
Aug. 1Aug. 15Nov. 1
Nov. 1Nov. 15Feb. 1

An added BONUS!

You could win $500 to help the cause supported by your project! Here’s how:

  1. Complete the online Difference Maker Fund report by the deadline date.
  2. Submit digital photos of your project. We love to see your volunteers in action, especially when they are wearing our DMF T-shirts!
  3. Return the completed sign-in/waiver sheets to our Home Office. We need the volunteer’s/Legal Guardian’s authorization to post/publicize your project photos.

Complete the three easy steps above and your project will be eligible to be entered into our quarterly contest where you will have one of two opportunities to win $500 for the cause/organization supported by your project. Royal Neighbors randomly selects two projects from the pool of qualified quarterly contest entries.

Program details

Royal Neighbors is reaching out to members who have a vision to help their community. Members are encouraged to form volunteer teams of friends, family and people in their community to help with the project. Team members do not have to be Royal Neighbors members to participate. All Royal Neighbors members are eligible to apply for one grant per year.

Funds are limited to seed money to help carry-out projects. Grants will be awarded at the sole discretion of Royal Neighbors and a short post-event report is required. Funds cannot be used as a direct monetary contribution (re-grant), nor can multiple members apply to receive grants for the same project or event during the same quarter. Funds must be used and projects completed by the final report due date.

General guidelines

Projects can be a fund-raiser, service activity or educational event. All Royal Neighbors members are eligible to apply for one grant per year. 

The focus is to improve your community and cover at least one of the following purposes:

Projects that align with Royal Neighbors’ vision of empowering women and girls will receive priority.

Royal Neighbors funds as many projects as possible each quarter. View examples of Difference Maker projects.

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