Rotary Grants

ROTARY GRANTS

The Rotary Foundation offers grants that support a wide variety of projects, scholarships, and training that Rotarians are doing around the world. Explore the grant types and find one that’s right for your project.  Global grant or a district grant?

GLOBAL GRANTS

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs.

What they support

Global grants can fund these activities:
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies in an area of focus.
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own
     

How to use them

A key feature of global grants is partnership, between a district or club where the activity is carried out and a district or club in another country.  Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application.
To be successful, your application must:
  • Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Include measurable goals
  • Align with one of our areas of focus
  • Respond to real community needs
  • Actively involve Rotarians and community members
  • Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions.
Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.

How they’re funded

The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the World Fund matches. DDF is matched at 100% and cash is matched at 50%.
 
 
DISTRICT GRANTS
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.

What they support

You can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:
  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own

How to use them

You have a lot of freedom to customize your service projects. There aren’t many restrictions, as long as your district grant supports the mission of The Rotary Foundation. Districts must be qualified before they can administer district grants.

How they’re funded

Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one district grant annually. This percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings. You aren’t required to request the full amount available.
The District will receive this funding as a lump sum and then distribute it to the clubs.

How clubs request funds

Clubs work directly with their district to get funding.  District 9670 requests Clubs to notify the District Rotary Foundation Grants Committee Chair the year before that they would like to request a grant in the following year.  This is to allow the District’s Grant Committee to formulate the application for the grant to The Rotary Foundation; once the grant funds are received the Clubs who have notified their intention to apply will be contacted to make their application.  If there are funds left over after the initial applications the other Clubs in the district will be notified of the availability of funds for that year.