Applications for the Spring 2024 round of grants will be accepted between

March 7th and April 5th 2024 @ 11:59 pm.


Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Mini-Grants provide teachers in public and private non-profit schools across West Sonoma County with grants of $50 to $500 to complete school projects. The program accepts grant requests in the Spring and Fall annually. The grants fund a multitude of in-class and school-wide projects that enrich the lives of many students across the West County. If you have a project you would like to bring to your classroom or school, consider applying for a grant. With a little effort, you can make it happen! 
The application period is open now! We are accepting grant applications until 11:59 PM on Friday, April 5th. Don’t wait, apply now!
In the early 2000’s, the late Mark Sell, co-owner of Sebastopol Hardware, began to notice more and more teachers in his store purchasing classroom supplies out of their own pockets. One such teacher was the late Sally Briggs, a respected art teacher at Analy High School, and the wife of Rotarian Scott Briggs. After several conversations with Sally and other teachers, Mark came up with an idea to help teachers via the Rotary Club of Sebastopol. Mark developed the Teacher Mini-Grants Program. Starting in 2002, the program gave out grants of $50 to $500 to teachers throughout the West County to help fund projects and programs for their students. 
Sadly, Mark Sell passed away in 2017, but his legacy lives on. The Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Mini-Grants Program continues to thrive. Since the grant program began in 2002, the Rotary Club of Sebastopol has funded over 1,197 grants totaling over $389,000.
Funds for the Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grant Program are raised at the Rotary Club of Sebastopol’s popular Crab Feed. Every February, people from all over the West County and beyond gather to feast on some of the freshest crab found at any Crab Feed in Sonoma County. Live music, a full bar, a silent auction, delicious food and attentive service make this popular event a sellout each year! Check out the Rotary Club of Sebastopol website for details about the Crab Feed.