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Rotary Foundation Global Grants support large, long-term impact activities that relate to one or more of the six areas of focus.

Rotary International Safe WaterGlobal Grants encompass:

  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships
  • Vocational Training

When developing grant-funded activities, successful grant projects and applications will:

  • Be sustainable (PDF) with measurable goals and outcomes
  • Meet real community needs. Community needs assessment tools are available
  • Sponsored by two Rotary clubs or districts. Both districts must be pilot districts (PDF list)
  • Joint partner participation in planning and implementation, including frequent communication and shared responsibility
  • Demonstrate practice of proper stewardship of grant funds


Here are some examples of Global Grants over the past several years: Global and Matching Grants Examples


The minimum award by The World Fund for a global grant is US$15,000. This then results in a minimum total financing of US$30,000. The World Fund award is based on a 100% match of DDF or a 50% match of cash contributions.

Business Cycle

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. A two-step online application process will be accessible via Member Access (sign-up link). Prior to submission of a proposal, a club must submit a draft to the Grants Chair for Grant Committee Approval.


Both clubs and the district that develop global grants, must submit a brief online of their proposal before submitting the formal application. The proposal should provide an overview of the grant activity’s objectives and demonstrate how the activities fit within an area of focus. This process is designed to increase the acceptance rate of grant applications.


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Once a proposal has been accepted, Rotarians will submit an online application that provides the Foundation with more detailed grant activity and budget information. (Depending on the award amount or complexity of the project, the Foundation may request additional details). Club and district-developed global grants of $100,000 or more require the Trustees’ approval.


Once an application has been approved by the Foundation, both sponsors have authorized the agreement, and all associated cash contributions have been received, the Foundation will issue a payment.


Reports showing measurable success of the grant activity will be due to the Foundation every 12 months from the first issued payment. A final report is due when the grant funds have been completely spent and the objectives of the activity have been met.