Million Dollar Gift





Amy Fallon-RDU Magazine

From our club to yours: Million-dollar gift celebrates Rotary’s centenary.
By Amy Fallon
Rotary Down Under Magazine

OVER the past four decades, the Camberwell Market, selling secondhand goods and all sorts of knick- knacks, has become a Melbourne icon and tourist attraction, while funding more than $17 million worth of Rotary projects.
Now, the Rotary Club of Balwyn, Vic, which continues to run the markets after their beginnings back in 1976, is offering $1 million in funding to other clubs around Australia to mark the centenary of Rotary and to celebrate the success of the market and the projects it has spearheaded over the years.
The Balwyn Centenary Grants will offer funding of between $10,000 and $100,000 to successful Rotary club applicants across the country to pursue their programs over the next five years, subject to the market returning to pre- COVID trading.

“We realise that we are a very privileged club through the hard work of our past and present members and community spirit of running the Camberwell Market every Sunday for more than 45 years,” said past club President Bob Batrouney.
“To share our good fortune, our wish is to give other clubs the opportunity to make Australia a better place and fulfil their dreams by giving them financial assistance.”
Normally open 50 weeks of the year, every Sunday morning until midday, the 380 market stalls in Camberwell, Boroondara, are managed by the club to generate income, which has allowed many phenomenal projects to be established in Australia and overseas. The Rotary Club of Balwyn believes its Centenary Grant funding to clubs will create many more extraordinary Rotary projects around Australia.
In 2017, the club received a Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for its outstanding and significant community service efforts for running the market.
The Balwvn Centenary Grants will prioritise new projects in the areas of community and social development, the environment, Indigenous support, and youth support. Preference will be given to programs directly benefitting a large number of people or organisations, those that can be completed in a year, and projects that show the benefits and outcomes will be sustained without further Rotary Club of Balwyn funding.
Application forms will be available on the Rotary Club of Balwyn website, visit
There will be two funding rounds each year, in March and September, but applications for 2021 will only be received for the September round.
While applications closed for the first round on March 31, applications for the second round will be open until September 30, with clubs notified by May 15 and November 15 each year respectively. Relevant information and application forms are being sent to every district governor in Australia, who will follow-up with each club in their district.

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