Rotary Foundation

Global Grants

What are global grants?

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six areas of


Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

Disease prevention and treatment

Water and sanitation

Maternal and child health

Basic education and literacy

Economic and community development

Global grants must:

Be an international partnership between a Rotary club or district in the country where the activity takes place and a Rotary

club or district outside of that country

Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent

Include measurable goals that are demonstrated through progress reports

Align with one of our six areas of focus

Respond to real community needs

Include active participation from both Rotarians and community members

Have a minimum budget of US$30,000

Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions

You can use global grants to fund:

Humanitarian projects that support the goals of one or more of the areas of focus

Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies that relate to one or more of the areas of focus

Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals traveling abroad either to learn more about their profession or

teach local professionals about a particular field

How do I apply for a global grant?

The Rotary Foundation accepts global grant applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Before

a district or club can apply for a grant, it has to complete the qualification process. Once your club or

district is qualified, you can apply for a global grant through the online tool.

How are global grants funded?

Global grants are funded with a combination of District Designated Funds or cash contributions and

matching funds from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. The World Fund will match 100 percent of

District Designated Funds and/or 50 percent of cash contributions. The minimum award amount from

the World Fund is US$15,000, which means that the minimum project budget is $30,000.

Educational Programs

Rotary has a long tradition of fostering peace and international understanding through education. Since 1947, Rotary Foundation

Ambassadorial Scholarships have given more than 41,000 men and women the opportunity to study abroad. Although the program

will come to an end in 2013, new scholarship opportunities through the Foundation's new district and global grants will give

Rotarians greater flexibility to sponsor scholars.

Rotary Peace Centers offer a master's degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, and conflict

resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies.

District Grants

What are district grants?

District grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in both your local community and communities worldwide.

Each district gets to choose which activities it will fund with these grants.

You can use district grants to fund a variety of 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 of any team size or timespan

Districts must be qualified before they can administer district grants.

How do I apply for a district grant?

To apply for a district grant, please submit your funding request directly to your district (and not The Rotary Foundation), which

administers and distributes the grant funds.

Annual Fund makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives worldwide. Your generous support funds

local and international projects that advance. The Rotary Foundation’s mission. All contributions to the fund are

spent on quality Rotary projects.

The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative, encourages all Rotary club members to help us reach our goal

to support The Rotary Foundation financially each year.

Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both

close to home and around the world. Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than

$4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

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