What is the Goal of Rotary Foundation Grants?
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and worldwide. The Rotary Foundation impacts communities through our grants program, which offers four opportunities for funding. Let's the first two grant options:
District Grants – fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants. How it works: Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund, based on the amount of DDF generated from a District's Fund given three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings.
Global Grants – fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary's focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams. How it works: Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide an 80 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no minimum World Fund match.
 
Now let's look at the final two options:
Programs of Scale Grants – fund activities that benefit many people in a significant geographic area using a sustainable, evidence-based intervention with measurable outcomes and impact. Each grant will support activities that align with one or more of Rotary's areas of focus for three to five years. How it works: Each year, one approved project will receive $2 million from The Rotary Foundation's World Fund. Applicants are strongly encouraged to supplement Foundation funding with resources from multiple other sources and work with an experienced partner, such as a nongovernmental organization, private institution, or government entity.
Disaster Response Grants – fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs caused by natural disasters in your community. Activities include providing essential items such as water, food, medicine, and clothing. How it works: Districts in an affected area or country may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000, based on the availability of funds. A district may apply for subsequent grants after successfully reporting outcomes from previous grants.
As Rotarians, we are eligible to participate in any one of these programs. Which one interests you?