Welcome to the 2021-2022 Optimist year. As the Optimist International Foundation begins its 51st year, we are proud to continue to financially support all of the programs of Optimist International. We are also proud to continue the Club Matching Grant and the Childhood Health and Wellness Matching Grant.
Without the support of our donors, whether it is our individual donors or Club donors, our support of these programs would not be possible. For individuals, an easy way to contribute is through the Dime-A-Day ($36.50) program, although any contribution is of value and helps to build the available funds to give back to our Clubs and the youth in our communities.
The application for the Childhood Health and Wellness Grant will be available on the OIF website shortly, and the 1st deadline for submitting the grant application is January 28, 2022. The Club Matching Grant application will be available on the OIF website January 6, 2022 and is due on March 16, 2022. The Health and Wellness Grant is available for either a new program or a continuing program that your Club may be doing; however, a Club can only receive a grant one time for a project. The Club Matching Grant is for new programs only that your Club is doing.
Consider asking your District Foundation Representative to attend a Club or Zone meeting to discuss the Foundation and all of the things that the Foundation does to give back to the Clubs and the Districts of Optimist International. The Foundation Board of Directors is also available to either Zoom into a Club, a Zone or a District meeting, or to feasibly attend in person to provide a brief presentation.
Thank you again for all that you have done to support the Foundation, all that you continue to do to support the Foundation and all that you will do in the future to support the Foundation.