Grant Information

District and Global Grants

Rotary Foundation grants support Rotarians and Rotary clubs in their educational and humanitarian efforts both locally and around the world. There are several types of Rotary grants.  Two that will be described are District Grants and Global Grants.

District Grants

District Grants may be used for local community or international projects. They are intended for smaller projects to be completed within 18 months and do not require an international partner. These grants still require active Rotarian involvement and meeting eligibility requirements set forth in the terms and conditions for Rotary Foundation grants. They are not required to support the areas of focus. Grants may be used for:

  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, place, or area of study
  • Vocational training of any team size or time span


By JUNE 1 of each year, the  sponsoring (lead) club must submit a draft project proposal using the DACdb online application. Complete the sections on the DETAILS, CLUBS INVOLVED, AND CONTACTS tabs.  SAVE, then complete the proposed budget on the BUDGET tab.

Note: If clubs are partnering on a district grant and not handling any money,  the partner clubs do not need to qualify their clubs but must demonstrate active Rotarian participation in the project.   Partnerships on a grant will be considered the first priority for each club on the grant.

Upon receiving approval of your grant proposal, complete the full application in DACdb no later than OCTOBER 15.

Global Grants

Global grants support large, multi-year international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six Areas of Focus and must have minimum budget of $30,000. Focus areas are 

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


At least 14 days prior to a quarterly grants meeting complete and send the “Global Grant Pre-Application” form to Global Grants Chair Ralph Christiansen at  Four grants meetings are offered each year.  Check the Calendar in DACdb for the annual dates.  A total of two (2) people are required to attend a Global Grant session each year.

Note: The club president for a given grant year must attend the Grant session at Pre-PETS OR they must attend the Grant Management Seminar held for a given grants year. In addition, one other club member must attend one of these two Grant Management Seminars.

Resources for the Pre-Application

Resources for Final Application

Once your pre-application has been approved and funding secured, you must complete a Final Global Grant Online Application located at the Grant Center at Rotary

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