Overview of Grant Structure for 2020-21

Information about how the grant system works.

Foundation Grants

The Rotary Foundation is our own Charity which enables Rotarians around the world to make a difference to people’s lives and communities. The Rotary Foundation was named in the Top 10 charities changing the world in 2015 and celebrated it's Centenary in 2016/17.

There are two common types of grant available to Clubs – District and Global. A third grant involves working with one of Rotary’s strategic partners and is called .Packaged

District Grants.  These are managed by our own District Grants Committee. The application process is quite simple with applications being submitted in summer/autumn each year.

District Grants help clubs to implement activities that they undertake.  Clubs are expected to, at least, match-fund any grant awarded. In order to support as many Club projects as possible, there is normally a maximum grant of £1000 per project. Subject to District approval and funds permitting, higher levels of Grant may be awarded.  

Clubs may apply for more than one Project Grant in any year.  

Clubs may submit joint applications to support a project. eg District AG Groups  etc 

District Grants Criteria 

·       Support projects locally or overseas

·       Must actively involve Club Rotarians in both the fulfilling of the initial project and in its on-going success

·       Must adhere to one of the Areas of Focus listed below

·       Must annually submit a report  to the District Foundation Grants Officer by the applicant to illustrate either the success of the Grant Project OR its progress to date. This is required for audit purposes by RI Foundation.

Support in the preparation of District Grant applications can be obtained from Rtn Mike Bamford mike.bamford@blueyonder.co.uk

The application and Report Forms are filed and available in the section " Headings, Links, Contacts and Grants".  Due to the extraordinary circumstances the normal training has been suspended for this year 2020/21.  

Global Grants

·       Support larger scale projects overseas (Minimum Club involvement of $10,000 which is then supported by District and Foundation Grants to produce a minimum budget of $35000

·       Must have a lead partner Rotary Club local to the project

·       Must actively involve Rotarians in leading and supporting Clubs both in fulfilling the initial project and its on-going success. 

·       Must adhere to one of the Areas of Focus listed below

·       Must be reported upon by the applicants to the District Foundation Committee/Rotary Foundation at prescribed times illustrating the progress and success of the Grant Project. This is also required by The Rotary Foundation for audit purposes.

Support in the preparation of Global Grants is available from Richard Henton-Jones, richardhj@mac.com

Global grants can be submitted at any time during the year. 

Club Qualification

To be eligible for either a District or Global Grant, Clubs must be ‘qualified’. This requires nominated members of the Club who will take responsibility for the Grant Activity to attend a training session organised to support the grant application and management process. NB These have been suspended for 2020/21. 

Clubs, or their members, are encouraged to and expected to have contributed financiallyto the Rotary Foundation during the previous three years.

Areas of Focus

All projects to be supported by a Rotary Foundation Grant, District or Global, must conform to one of these areas of focus

·       Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

·       Disease prevention and treatment

·       Maternal and child health

·       Basic education and literacy

·       Water and sanitation

·       Economic and community development

·       Environmental improvement (District Grants only)

In addition, Grant projects and activities must

·       Support The Rotary Foundation(TRF) mission

·       Support local or international humanitarian and service projects, scholarships or vocational training teams relating to the mission

·       Adhere to TRF policies and applicable governing laws in the project location

·       Exclude any liability to TRF

·       Only fund activities that have been reviewed and approved before they start. Grants will not be approved to reimburse Clubs for projects already completed or in progress. Planning for grant activities ahead of approval is allowed and encouraged but expenses may not be incurred before approval

·       Comply with the policy regarding the proper use of Rotary Marks


The Rotary Foundation encourages Rotarians to apply the following principles of sustainability to all project and activities

·       Incorporate activities that ensure the continuity of project impact after TRF funding is expended

·       Work toward multiple levels of sustainability – economic, cultural, social and resource

·       Make optimal use of local resources, regional input and indigenous knowledge

·       Respect the natural resource base and avoid deterioration or destruction of the local environment

·       Attempt to reach the greatest number of beneficiaries as appropriate

·       Prepare scholars and individuals to contribute to new and innovative methods in professional fields reflected within a Foundation area of focus

·       Prepare participants to increase impact and improve effectiveness in the communities and vocations in which they work