Welcome Sophie!

We would like to introduce to everyone our Rotary Exchange Student for this year, Sophie Panthel. Sophie is visiting us from Kleinmachnow, Germany, a small town outside of Berlin. She lives there with her Mom & Dad (who is President of his Rotary Club this year) and their cat Emil. Her favorite classes are economics, information technology, and music. She has traveled quite a bit throughout Europe as well as Thailand, the US, and other areas. Her family has hosted Exchange Students before so this adventure is nothing new to her. She will be initially staying with the Armer Family and has lots to learn about our area. Please join us in welcoming her to Ballston Spa. Herzlich willkommen und eine gute Zeit haben, Sophie.

We’re at The Saratoga County Fair!

Be sure to stop by our tent located across from the first-aid station near gate 5. We’ll be sharing what Rotary is all about and collecting funds for Shelter Box.

Preschool Mini-Grant Application

Ballston Spa Rotary Club Preschool Mini-Grant Application

Preschool teacher mini-grants of up to $150.00 are awarded to applicants based on basic needs and enhancing curriculum.  Teachers may use funds to purchase supplies, for programs and projects that will directly benefit the children’s learning experience.  This grant is for funding not provided for under their current budget and assist teachers with out of pocket expenses during the school year.

Eligibility Requirements

Any preschool teacher in the Ballston Spa Central School District is encouraged to apply for funding to be used for materials, equipment, and other resources necessary to enhance their current curriculum.  Funding may include but not limited to: Curriculum enhancements, expanding existing units, Basic needs and classroom management materials.  Specialized educational field trips will be considered only if they are an integral part of the curriculum.

Review Process

A panel of Rotary members will review all applications, evaluating for need, benefit and clarity.  Grant applicants will be asked to attend a meeting and present their proposal.

Application Deadline:  October 31, 2015

Funding Cycle: 2015/2016 school term

Other Requirements

  • The maximum amount funded per grant is $150.
  • An Individual teacher is eligible to apply for and receive a maximum of one mini-grant per funding cycle/year.  The school must be able to provide proof of their 501c3 status.
  • Procedures, funding cycles and grant amounts are subject to change without notice by the Ballston Spa Rotary Club.
  • All decisions regarding grant applications by the Board of Directors of the Ballston Spa Rotary Club shall be final.


Complete the following Microsoft Word application. Submit the application in PDF format to:

Completed applications may also be mailed to:  Ballston Spa Rotary Club
c/o L. Doyle
401 Milton Ave.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Download Application