The Rotary Foundation Humanitarian Grants Programs - Applications and Information
Types of Grants Available
These are the types of Foundation Grants
- Larger projects with sustainable high impact outcomes.
- Aligned to 6 areas of focus.
- Require an International partner that must be a Rotary District, or Rotary Club.
- Minimum grant is US$15,000 from the Rotary Foundation (i.e. min grant budget is US$30,000 & max US$10,000 from DDF (District Designated Fund).
- The Rotary Foundation will match club contributions at 50% & DDF contributions at 100%.
- Memorandum of Understanding's required from both International and Host partners.
- Submitted as 3 step process:
- Scoping document to District Grants committee
- Proposal (once supported by District, on line to the Rotary Foundation)
- Application for approved proposal funding on line to The Rotary Foundation.
District Grants - 2 Types
- Are for smaller local community projects.
- Require active Rotarian participation.
- Minimum grant $1000.
- Limited to $2,500 matching club $1.00 for $1.00.
- Payment to club on completion and the provision of a report in a satisfactory form.
- Are for International projects that do not qualify for a global grant.
- Require an international partner that can be a Rotary District, a Rotary Club or a third party. Preference to Rotary partners.
- Grant limited up to $10,000 matching clubs 50 cents in the club dollar.
- I.e. Total project cost, say, $15,000, Club contribution $10,000, District Designated Funds @ 50% is $5,000
- Club accountable for funds management in line with Memorandum of Understanding.
- Up to 50% may be paid in advance.
Foundation Grant elements to consider
Areas of Focus
When writing a global grant proposal, use the areas of focus and sustainability as shown in the Rotary International Foundation guidelines:-
- Peace & conflict prevention & resolution.
- Disease prevention & treatment.
- Water & sanitation.
- Maternal & child health.
- Basic education & literacy.
- Economic & community development.
Creating a project
- Conduct a community needs assessment.
- Determine which type of grant is the best fit for your project (District or Global).
- Identify partners.
- Think through an implementation plan.
- Create a budget.
- Have a current signed Memorandum of Understanding, and for an International grant have a club representative attend a District Foundation Seminar.
- Be current in payment dues to D9800 and Rotary International.
- Be current in meeting reporting requirements on any open Grants.
- Each project must be a new project for the initiating club and for each of the clubs co-operating on a joint project.
Use of Grant Funds
- Approval must be obtained before project is commenced.
- The club is responsible for proper disbursement of funds.
- The Foundation Committee reviews the eligibility of funding.
Appropriate financial & stewardship controls
- Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by current President and the President Elect.
- Conform to any additional District guidelines.
- Memorandum of Understanding commitment covers clubs accountability, namely:-
- Club management of project
- Financial management
- Document retention
- Reporting on use of grant
Examples of Global Grants
- Clean water & sanitation in the Philippines.
- Vocational Training Team – Maternal health in East Timor.
- Eye health project in Sumba, Indonesia.
- Clean water project in Bali.
- Global Scholarships.
- Solar power at a school in Uganda.
- Education, community economic training and safe water in Cambodia.
Examples of District Grants
District Local Community Grants
- Garden for McAuley House in Melbourne.
- Funding a protective fence at a children’s playground in Caulfield.
- Playground equipment for autistic school in Melbourne.
- Business partnership mentoring project for asylum seekers.
- School kitchen garden project planting fruit trees in Auburn.
- Refurbishing functional hearing aids for the needy.
- Silk/Miller scholarship for adolescent health.
- Refitting a community bus to help and feed the homeless.
- Community carols in the park.
District International Grants
- Books for kindergartens in East Timor.
- Water project in the Philippines.
- School support in Laos.
- Dam construction in Cambodia.
- Refurbishment of a community kitchen in Timor Leste.
- Provision of furniture and teacher needs to a school in Cambodia.
- Redrilling of a well to provide clean water in East Timor.
- Health and oral hygiene in Ethiopia.
- School supplies and renovations in Tonga.
- Provision of medical services in Cambodia.
NOTE: It is important that clubs applying for grant funding have been contributors in the current year to the Foundation Funds
Grant Application Process
Global Grant Applications - Please refer first to your Grant Coordinator as listed
Contacts – District Grant Coordinators – To assist in Applications
District Grant Coordinator - CHAIR - PP Garth Symington
Chirnside and Hobsons Bay Clusters – PP Barbara Wyatt.
Goldfields South and Goldfields North Clusters – PP Anne Peace.
Batman, Eastside and Heritage Clusters – PP Ian Salek
Riverside and Stonnington Clusters - PP Pam Baker
Beachside and Port Phillip Clusters - DGN Peter Frueh
Gateway East and Gateway West Clusters- PP Roger Leask
Calder and Westside Clusters - PP Grant Hocking