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All About Rotary Grants

Want a summary of Rotary Grants? Here is a simple chart that compares some of the details. Below is more explanation of each type of grant.

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District grants

Global grants

Packaged grants

What they support

Mission of The Rotary Foundation

Six areas of focus

Six areas of focus

Impact length




Minimum budget




Scholarship types available

All levels of study, both local and international

Graduate-level, international

Varies by opportunity

Who administers them


The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation

Where funding comes from

District Designated Fund

Annual Fund, donations to specific grants, endowment earnings, term gifts

World Fund and strategic partners



District grants

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.



Global grants

What are global grants?

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six areas of focus.

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.




Packaged grants

What are packaged grants?

Packaged grants have been predesigned by Rotary and our strategic partners. The activities they fund are similar to those funded by global grants in many ways-they support our areas of focus and can include scholarships, humanitarian projects, and vocational training-but the work of designing the activity's general framework has already been done.

This allows Rotarians to focus their talents and energies on bringing the project to life. With a packaged grant, your role could include:

Assessing community needs and identifying those who could benefit from a project

Selecting and mentoring scholars

Assembling teams of professionals for peer-based training

Providing technical expertise or direct service

Promoting and publicizing activities

Monitoring and evaluating the project

How do I apply for a packaged grant?

The Rotary Foundation accepts packaged grant applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Before a district or club can apply, it must complete the qualification process.

What packaged grants are available?

Five types of packaged grants, described below, are currently available. As we transition into our new grant system, we'll be steadily increasing these opportunities to include a wide range of projects and activities, locations, and levels of Rotarian involvement.

Health educators training & nursing scholarships

Aga Khan University and The Rotary Foundation offer two packaged grants in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda: the first provides training to health educators and the second offers scholarships to nursing and midwifery students at the university's East Africa campuses.

Developing local entrepreneurs

In this packaged grant with strategic partner Oikocredit, Rotarians collaborate with microfinance institutions in their own communities to develop programs that help increase the impact of microcredit lending.

Vocational training and medical service

This packaged grant with Mercy Ships helps assemble vocational training teams of medical professionals to work aboard the state-of-the-art hospital ship Africa Mercy, to deliver free, world-class health care, capacity building, and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world.

Water and sanitation scholarships

This packaged grant provides scholarships for graduate students at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. The institution is the largest postgraduate water education institution in the world and aims to tackle the world's water and sanitation crisis.

How are packaged grants funded?

Packaged grants are funded by the World Fund and the strategic partner for the grant.


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