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The TRF Future Vision Plan

Frank J. Devlyn

Doing Good in the World 


Pilot overview

The Rotary Foundation Future Vision Pilot is a three-year test of the new grant structure offered in the Foundation's Future Vision Plan .  To simplify the grant-making process, the plan offers only two types of grants:

· Rotary Foundation District Grants and

· Rotary Foundation Global Grants

Together, these grants will allow clubs and districts to carry out a broad spectrum of humanitarian and educational efforts, both locally and abroad.

All districts are encouraged to apply for participation in the pilot, which begins 1 July 2010 .  Districts selected for the pilot must agree to follow the new grant structure throughout the pilot and to not participate in any of the current Foundation programs, with the exception of PolioPlus and the Rotary Centers for International Studies .

Selected districts will be notified by 1 June 2009 and given an opportunity to accept or decline the invitation to become a pilot district before the pilot districts are announced to the Rotary world. 

Districts selected for the pilot must appoint a district Rotary Foundation chair who will serve for the three years of the pilot (2010-13). The district governor for 2010-11 may choose to extend the current DRFC chair’s term or appoint a different Rotarian.

Time Frame



Pilot district application is available online through Member Access .


Districts secure the agreement of two-thirds of their clubs for participation in the pilot, and submit the application form .

15 May

Deadline for districts to submit applications. Applications must be filed online through Member Access no later than 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

1 June

The Foundation issues invitations to the districts selected to serve in the pilot.

10 June

Deadline for districts to accept or decline invitation to serve as a pilot district.

15 June

The Foundation announces selection of pilot districts.

21-24 June

The Foundation recognizes pilot districts during RI



The 2010-11 governors and Rotary Foundation committee chairs of the selected districts attend a mandatory training session at RI’s expense.


Incoming governors in pilot districts train 2010-11 club officers (at PETS, the district conference, or the district assembly), determine which grant activities the district will pursue in 2010-11, and begin submitting grant applications online.

1 July

The Foundation begins awarding district grants and global grants to pilot participants. Pilot districts are no longer eligible to receive awards from current Foundation programs.


Pilot districts participate in Rotary Foundation District Grants and Global Grants and finish closing out all remaining Foundation grants from the current structure.

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