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The TRF Future Vision Plan

Frank J. Devlyn

Doing Good in the World 

 The Future Vision Plan GRANT STRUCTURE

Rotary Foundation District Grants

Rotary Foundation District Grants are block grants made to districts for up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund (DDF). District grants offer the flexibility to respond quickly to immediate needs or to plan projects with clubs locally or in other countries. 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 carrying out community and international service projects. Pilot districts may sponsor district grant projects with clubs in non-pilot districts.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants

Rotary Foundation Global Grants support larger, international projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of six areas of focus that correspond to the Foundation’s mission :

Clubs and districts can either create their own global grant projects in the areas of focus or sponsor packaged global grants developed by The Rotary Foundation in cooperation with its strategic partners.

Global grants that are developed by clubs and districts will receive a match from the Foundation's World Fund.  These grants can be used to sponsor scholars or vocational training teams studying or working in the areas of focus or to develop large-scale humanitarian projects with pilot clubs and districts in other countries.  Pilot districts may not sponsor global grant projects with clubs in non-pilot districts.

The packaged global grants will include strategic partnerships with organizations that have expertise in the areas of focus.  For example, a packaged grant project to provide several neighboring villages with access to clean water might be developed by The Foundation in conjunction with a nongovernmental organization that addresses clean water issues, which would provide technical expertise or financial support.  The World Fund and the strategic partners will provide 100 percent of the funding for packaged global grants.

Business cycle

All Rotary Foundation grant applications will be accepted throughout the year. Districts may receive one district grant per Rotary year and will be encouraged to submit applications during the planning year for immediate payment at the start of the program year; however, applications may be submitted during either year.  Within 12 months of receiving the grant, districts must submit a final report to the Foundation listing the distribution of the funds.

For club- and district-developed global grants, clubs and districts will submit a brief proposal before a formal application is submitted to determine whether the activity fits within an area of focus.  This process is designed to increase the acceptance rate of grant applications.  Once a formal application is submitted, the Foundation may require additional levels of assessment, depending on the award amount or complexity of the project. Only club- and district-developed global grants of US$100,000 or more will require approval by the Trustees.

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