The Rotary Foundation Humanitarian Grants Programs - Applications and Information


Types of Grants Available

These are the types of Foundation Grants

Global Grants

  • Larger projects with sustainable high impact outcomes.
  • Aligned to 6 areas of focus.
  • Require an International partner that must be a Rotary District, or Rotary Club.
  • Minimum grant is US$15,000 from the Rotary Foundation (i.e. min grant budget is US$30,000 & max US$10,000 from DDF (District Designated Fund).
  • The Rotary Foundation will match club contributions at 50% & DDF contributions at 100%.
  • Memorandum of Understanding's required from both International and Host partners.
  • Submitted as 3 step process:
  • Scoping document to District Grants committee
  • Proposal (once supported by District, on line to the Rotary Foundation)
  • Application for approved proposal funding on line to The Rotary Foundation.

District Grants - 2 Types

Local Community

  • Are for smaller local community projects.
  • Require active Rotarian participation.
  • Minimum grant $1000.
  • Limited to $2,500 matching club $1.00 for $1.00.
  • Payment to club on completion and the provision of a report in a satisfactory form.


  • Are for International projects that do not qualify for a global grant.
  • Require an international partner that can be a Rotary District, a Rotary Club or a third party. Preference to Rotary partners.
  • Grant limited up to $6,000 matching clubs 50 cents in the club dollar.
  • I.e. Total project cost, say, $9,000, Club contribution $3,000, District Designated Funds @ 50% is $3,000
  • Club accountable for funds management in line with Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Up to 50% may be paid in advance.

Foundation Grant elements to consider

Areas of Focus

When writing a global grant proposal, use the areas of focus and sustainability as shown in the Rotary International Foundation guidelines:-

  • Peace & conflict prevention & resolution.
  • Disease prevention & treatment.
  • Water & sanitation.
  • Maternal & child health.
  • Basic education & literacy.
  • Economic & community development.

Creating a project

  • Conduct a community needs assessment.
  • Determine which type of grant is the best fit for your project (District or Global).
  • Identify partners.
  • Think through an implementation plan.
  • Create a budget.


  • Have a current signed Memorandum of Understanding, and for an International grant have a club representative attend a District Foundation Seminar.
  • Be current in payment dues to D9800 and Rotary International.
  • Be current in meeting reporting requirements on any open Grants.
  • Each project must be a new project for the initiating club and for each of the clubs co-operating on a joint project.

Use of Grant Funds

  • Approval must be obtained before project is commenced.
  • The club is responsible for proper disbursement of funds.
  • The Foundation Committee reviews the eligibility of funding.

Appropriate financial & stewardship controls

  • Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by current President and the President Elect.
  • Conform to any additional District guidelines.
  • Memorandum of Understanding commitment covers clubs accountability, namely:-
    • Club management of project
    • Financial management
    • Document retention
    • Reporting on use of grant

Examples of Global Grants

  • Clean water & sanitation in the Philippines.
  • Vocational Training Team – Maternal health in East Timor.
  • Eye health project in Sumba, Indonesia.
  • Clean water project in Bali.
  • Global Scholarships.
  • Solar power at a school in Uganda.
  • Education, community economic training and safe water in Cambodia.

Examples of District Grants

District Local Community Grants

  • Garden for McAuley House in Melbourne.
  • Funding a protective fence at a children’s playground in Caulfield.
  • Playground equipment for autistic school in Melbourne.
  • Business partnership mentoring project for asylum seekers.
  • School kitchen garden project planting fruit trees in Auburn.
  • Refurbishing functional hearing aids for the needy.
  • Silk/Miller scholarship for adolescent health.
  • Refitting a community bus to help and feed the homeless.
  • Community carols in the park.

District International Grants

  • Books for kindergartens in East Timor.
  • Water project in the Philippines.
  • School support in Laos.
  • Dam construction in Cambodia.
  • Refurbishment of a community kitchen in Timor Leste.
  • Provision of furniture and teacher needs to a school in Cambodia.
  • Redrilling of a well to provide clean water in East Timor.
  • Health and oral hygiene in Ethiopia.
  • School supplies and renovations in Tonga.
  • Provision of medical services in Cambodia.

NOTE: It is a requirement that clubs applying for grant funding have been contributors in the current year to the Foundation Funds

Grant Application Process

Terms and Conditions – My Rotary

Global Grant Applications - Please refer first to your Grant Coordinator as listed

District Grant Application Process – Rotary District 9800

Club Memorandum of Understanding

Cooperating Organisation Memorandum of Understanding – My Rotary

District Grant Club Report Form

Contacts – District Grant Coordinators – To assist in Applications (2016-17)

District Grant Coordinator - CHAIR - PP Mark Stephens

Batman - PP Roger Thornton

Chirnside and Hobsons Bay Clusters – PP Peter Shepherd

Goldfields South and Goldfields North Clusters – PP Anne Peace.

Eastside and Riverside Clusters – PP Gabe Hau

Heritage and Stonnington Clusters - PP Pam Baker

Beachside and Port Phillip Clusters - PP Graeme Newton

Gateway East and Gateway West Clusters- PP Roger Leask

Calder and Westside Clusters - PP Grant Hocking

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