Rotary Foundation Grants

The 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.

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.

How are district grants funded?

Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one District Grant

annually. Districts receive this funding as a lump sum, which they can then distribute to their clubs.

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 focus.

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


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


Vocational Training Teams (VTTs)

VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training, first formalized with

the establishment of the Group Study Exchange program in 1965. VTTs take the GSE concept of

enabling young professionals to observe their profession in another country a step further by offering

participants the opportunity to use their skills to help others. Hands-on activities vary from one team to

the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best

practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful

VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.

District Grant VTTs

Requirements: District grant VTTs must support The Rotary Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill

and peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty

Team composition: The district may determine the composition of the team to include Rotarians and

non-Rotarians of any age.

Focus and the length of the visit: Determined by the sponsors. The districts may decide, for example,

to incorporate some cultural and social activities along with hands-on training or to sponsor an

exchange with the partner district.

Budget: Determined by the sponsors

Global Grant VTTs

Requirements: Global grant VTTs must align with one or more areas of focus, build the capacity of

either the team members or the benefiting community, and have a sustainable and measurable impact.

The VTT must be sponsored by Rotary clubs or districts from two countries. The grant may support the

travel of more than one team.

Team composition: Teams must consist of at least two members (either Rotarians or non-Rotarians)

with at least two years of professional experience in the designated areas of focus and a Rotarian

leader who has expertise in the area of focus, international experience, and general Rotary knowledge.

In certain cases, the Foundation may grant permission to designate a non-Rotarian as team leader.

There are no restrictions on the age of participants.

Length of the visit: Determined by the sponsors

Budget: At least US$30,000

Global Grant Scholarships

Global grants support scholarships for graduate students studying abroad in one of the six areas of

focus. Scholarships range from one to four years and therefore can include an entire degree program.

Prospective scholars must show proof of admission to the chosen university before the grant will be


The Foundation does not require global grant scholars to carry out ambassadorial duties, but the

scholarship sponsor may encourage participation in club events or service projects.

Global grant scholarships are funded using cash and/or the District Designated Fund, matched by the

World Fund. The global grant budget must total at least US$30,000, but a scholarship may be a

component of a larger grant application — for example, a scholarship plus a humanitarian project.

Peace Fellow Scholarships

What is the Rotary Peace Fellowship?

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and

supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for

individuals, who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution;

who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international

humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully

before applying.

Two types of fellowships are offered:

a master’s degree program and

professional development certificate program.