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
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 spent
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 studies.