Rotary Foundation Grants
The Annual Fund makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives worldwide. Your generous
support funds local and international projects that advance The Rotary Foundation’s mission. All
contributions to the fund are spent on quality Rotary projects.
The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative, encourages all Rotary club members to help us
reach our goal to support The Rotary Foundation financially each year.
What are district grants?
District grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in both your local community and
communities worldwide. Each district gets to choose which activities it will fund with these grants.
You can use district grants to fund a variety of activities, including:
Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
Vocational training of any team size or timespan
Districts must be qualified before they can administer district grants.
How do I apply for a district grant?
To apply for a district grant, please submit your funding request directly to your district (and not The
Rotary Foundation), which administers and distributes the grant funds.
How are district grants funded?
Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one District Grant
annually. Districts receive this funding as a lump sum, which they can then distribute to their clubs.
What are global grants?
Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or
more of the six areas of focus.
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development
Global grants must:
Be an international partnership between a Rotary club or district in the country where the activity takes
place and a Rotary club or district outside of that country
Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been
Include measurable goals that are demonstrated through progress reports
Align with one of our six areas of focus
Respond to real community needs
Include active participation from both Rotarians and community members
Have a minimum budget of US$30,000
Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions
You can use global grants to fund:
Humanitarian projects that support the goals of one or more of the areas of focus
Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies that relate to one or more of the areas of focus
Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals traveling abroad either to learn more
about their profession or teach local professionals about a particular field
How do I apply for a global grant?
The Rotary Foundation accepts global grant applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Before
a district or club can apply for a grant, it has to complete the qualification process. Once your club or
district is qualified, you can apply for a global grant through the online tool.
How are global grants funded?
Global grants are funded with a combination of District Designated Funds or cash contributions and
matching funds from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. The World Fund will match 100 percent of
District Designated Funds and/or 50 percent of cash contributions. The minimum award amount from
the World Fund is US$15,000, which means that the minimum project budget is $30,000.
Rotary has a long tradition of fostering peace and international understanding through education.
Since 1947, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships have given more than 41,000 men and
women the opportunity to study abroad. Although the program will come to an end in 2013, new
scholarship opportunities through the Foundation's new district and global grants will give Rotarians
greater flexibility to sponsor scholars.
Rotary Peace Centers offer a master's degree in international relations, sustainable development,
peace studies, and conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict
Vocational Training Teams (VTTs)
VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training, first formalized with
the establishment of the Group Study Exchange program in 1965. VTTs take the GSE concept of
enabling young professionals to observe their profession in another country a step further by offering
participants the opportunity to use their skills to help others. Hands-on activities vary from one team to
the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best
practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful
VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.
District Grant VTTs
Requirements: District grant VTTs must support The Rotary Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill
and peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty
Team composition: The district may determine the composition of the team to include Rotarians and
non-Rotarians of any age.
Focus and the length of the visit: Determined by the sponsors. The districts may decide, for example,
to incorporate some cultural and social activities along with hands-on training or to sponsor an
exchange with the partner district.
Budget: Determined by the sponsors
Global Grant VTTs
Requirements: Global grant VTTs must align with one or more areas of focus, build the capacity of
either the team members or the benefiting community, and have a sustainable and measurable impact.
The VTT must be sponsored by Rotary clubs or districts from two countries. The grant may support the
travel of more than one team.
Team composition: Teams must consist of at least two members (either Rotarians or non-Rotarians)
with at least two years of professional experience in the designated areas of focus and a Rotarian
leader who has expertise in the area of focus, international experience, and general Rotary knowledge.
In certain cases, the Foundation may grant permission to designate a non-Rotarian as team leader.
There are no restrictions on the age of participants.
Length of the visit: Determined by the sponsors
Budget: At least US$30,000
Global Grant Scholarships
Global grants support scholarships for graduate students studying abroad in one of the six areas of
focus. Scholarships range from one to four years and therefore can include an entire degree program.
Prospective scholars must show proof of admission to the chosen university before the grant will be
The Foundation does not require global grant scholars to carry out ambassadorial duties, but the
scholarship sponsor may encourage participation in club events or service projects.
Global grant scholarships are funded using cash and/or the District Designated Fund, matched by the
World Fund. The global grant budget must total at least US$30,000, but a scholarship may be a
component of a larger grant application — for example, a scholarship plus a humanitarian project.
Peace Fellow Scholarships
What is the Rotary Peace Fellowship?
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and
supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for
individuals, who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution;
who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international
humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully
Two types of fellowships are offered:
a master’s degree program and
professional development certificate program.
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