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The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Through Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians and other contributors can help change the world. They can finance a well for a village that lacks clean water, improve the environment, or provide scholarships to educate the next generation. The grants and programs available to Rotarians allow them to realize Rotary's humanitarian mission throughout the world, including its number-one goal of eradicating polio.


Polio Plus

To eradicate polio, Rotarians have been mobilized by the hundreds of thousands. They're working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries. Since the PolioPlus program's inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.

Rotary, supported by contributions of more than US$350 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has raised in excess of US$1.5 billion and has contributed countless volunteer hours from Rotarians. The Gates Foundation will match two-to-one up to $35 million each year, every dollar commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through to 2018.

Polio Plus Grants

Primarily applied for by National PolioPlus Committee chairs or a major partner agency, such as the World Health Organization or UNICEF. Support is available for eradication efforts in polio-endemic, recently endemic, and high-risk countries, including National Immunization Days, poliovirus transmission monitoring, and other activities.

End Polio Now

Humanitarian Grants Program

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's charitable organisation.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

Humanitarian grants are available from the Rotary Foundation to assist Rotary clubs support the mission of the Rotary Foundation.

There are two main grant types.

District Grants

These grants can be used for a wide variety of activities, including but not limited to, funding scholarships, supporting vocational teams, sponsoring volunteer service, providing disaster relief and for carrying out community and international service projects.

Global Grants

Global grants support larger international projects with sustainable high impact outcomes in one of 6 areas of focus that correspond to the Foundation's mission statement

  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • Maternal and child health care
  • Water and sanitation
  • Education and basic literacy
  • Economic and community development
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
Global grants that are developed by clubs and/or Rotary Districts will receive a matching grant from the Foundation's world fund. These grants can also be used to sponsor scholars or vocational training teams studying or working in the areas of focus or to develop larger scale humanitarian projects with other pilot clubs and districts in other countries.

Educational Programs

Group Study Exchange (GSE)

Annual awards are made to paired Rotary districts to cover travel expenses for a team of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotarian hosts organize a four- to six-week itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest. Since 1965, more than 57,000 individuals (almost 12,000 teams) from 100 countries have participated at a cost of more than $92 million.

Vocational Training Team (VTT)

Global grants may be used to fund vocational trainings in an effort to support the capacity building of a benefiting community. The type of training may be most beneficial in conjunction with a humanitarian project to help sustain its sustainability. Global grants may also support vocational training teams, groups of professionals traveling abroad to either learn about their profession or teach local professionals about a particular field.

A vocational training team may be multivocational but must share a common purpose in support of an area of focus. Each team must consist of a minimum of one Rotarian team leader and three non Rotarian team members with no maximum limit on the number of participants. There are no age restrictions on participants or time restrictions on length of stays while abroad.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, up to 60 scholars are sponsored to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a master's-level degree. Sign up  for the Peace Net  newsletter, which provides a forum for the Rotary Centers community.

A further 3 month certificate course in Peace and Conflict studies for professional development is also available at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Thailand.

The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program offers a rare professional development opportunity for midcareer professionals in fields related to conflict resolution and peace building. Up to 25 participants from around the world experience an intensive 3 month course at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand's oldest university ranked one of the top universities in Asia.

Enquiries for both programs should be directed to Rob Helme, Rotary Club of Melbourne or via our contact Us Page.

For further information, also subscribe to the Rotary International Peace Net Newsletter.

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