Peace through Service

Peace is a core part of the mission of The Rotary Foundation and one of the Areas of Focus for the Foundation grants.

Peace through Service

The mission of The Rotary Foundation includes the advancement of world understanding, peace and goodwill. Peace and Conflict Resolution is one of the Areas of Focus for the Foundation Grants.

The Rotary Foundation sponsors five Peace Centres around the world and offers scholarships to Peace Fellows. For more information, go to our Scholarships page.

There are many ways in which your club could work for peace.  Some ideas or projects may be eligible for grant support from Foundation. Here are some suggestions:

  • Hold an event for local schools focused on peace and conflict resolution
  • Create a peace avenue or coppice
  • Work with a local project that tackles behavioural issues amongst young people that caused trouble at school or in the community
  • Engage in an international project in an area that has been beset by conflict that helps reduce prejudice against specific groups in the community
  • Organise a cultural exchange with a country that has recently been afflicted by war
  • Work with a Community Council or other local body in tackling anti-social activities and promoting a safe community, for example by supporting a local youth football team or 'blue light' youth project
  • Work with local groups here or in another country to tackle issues of inequality that are giving rise to conflict within the community
  • Run a peace forum, perhaps in partnership with an organisation committed to promoting peace such as Amnesty International or local churches
  • Arrange for a series of speakers on peace topics for your club meetings
  • Twin with a club in a country that is experiencing or has recently experienced political or civic tension

The Annual Bill Huntley Memorial Peace Seminar takes place in October each year in Bradford. The University of Bradford is home to one of the Rotary International Peace Centres. To find out more go to the Bradford Peace Centre website.


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