District and Global Grants

“District Designated Funds”

Your Generosity Doing Good in the World

Each year, our District receives a block grant from The Rotary Foundation. The block grant is funded by donations Rotarians, Rotary clubs and supporters of Rotary have made to the Annual Fund. The Rotary Foundation invests the contributions it receives for three years, using only the interest income to pay the administrative expenses of the Foundation. At the end of three years, every dollar donated is put into humanitarian service.

Our District receives fifty-percent (50%) of this amount as “District Designated Funds”, or “DDF”. Our District uses a portion of its “DDF” to make District Grants to Rotary clubs and to support international matching grants, now known as “Global Grants.” District Designated Funds are also used to support the Global Grant scholar program and Vocational Training Teams.

The Rotary Foundation places the remaining 50% of contributions into the World Fund, which is used to provided funding for Global Grants and to support Foundation programs such as the World Peace Fellows scholarship.

District Grants

District Grants are now larger and more flexible than ever before!

  • District Grants can be used for local projects or projects in Mexico
  • District Grants can be used to support traditional hands-on service projects
  • Larger grants mean larger projects – The minimum District Grant project size is $3,000. ($1,500 from the club and $1,500 from the District.) Clubs are encouraged to work together on a joint project, with a lead club submitting the grant application and final report.

Global Grants

Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation support sustainable projects in one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus

  • Partner with any qualified club in any qualified District anywhere in the world
  • $15,000 or more for sustainable international projects
  • A new online process for applications, reports and record keeping

Preparing Your Rotary Club to Receive Grant Funding

With much more grant money under local control, our District and our Rotary clubs must be good stewards of Foundation funds. Both the District and participating Rotary clubs must adopt sound financial practices and keep accurate records. To qualify your club to receive grant funding:

  • TWO Club members must attend a Grant Management Seminar to learn more about best practices for managing funds responsibly
  • Sign a “Club Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) agreeing to put those practices into action

In addition, your Rotary club must be:

  • Current on all District and RI dues
  • Current on all reporting of District and Global Grants

Ready to get started?

  • Get Your Reporting Up to Date!
  • All reports for the previous year must be done before you proceed
  • Review the Grants Management Seminar Slides
  • Watch an online webinar
  • Understand the Terms, Conditions and Guidelines
  • Create a sustainable project
  • Enter Your Grant Proposal

District Grants Downloads

  • 2017-18 DDF Allocation 2017-18 DDF Allocation (26 KB)
  • Club Memorandum of Understanding - District only Club Memorandum of Understanding - District only (54 KB)
  • Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - International Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - International (15 KB)
  • District Grant Application - Fillable District Grant Application - Fillable (236 KB)
  • District Grant Final Report District Grant Final Report (55 KB)
  • District Grants - Partners Understanding District Grants - Partners Understanding (42 KB)
  • How to Survive a TRF Audit How to Survive a TRF Audit (436 KB)
  • TRF Funded Project Signage TRF Funded Project Signage (146 KB)
  • Global Grant Downloads

  • 10 Tips on Improving Global Grant Applications 10 Tips on Improving Global Grant Applications (88 KB)
  • Areas of Focus Guide Areas of Focus Guide (2046 KB)
  • Areas of Focus Policy Statements Areas of Focus Policy Statements (170 KB)
  • Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - International Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - International (15 KB)
  • Community Assessment Tools Community Assessment Tools (201 KB)
  • Developing Sustainable Projects Developing Sustainable Projects (21 KB)
  • Global Grant Application Presentation Global Grant Application Presentation (14779 KB)
  • Global Grant Application Template Global Grant Application Template (105 KB)
  • Global Grant Calculator Global Grant Calculator (25 KB)
  • Global Grant Cooperating Organization MOU Global Grant Cooperating Organization MOU (113 KB)
  • Global Grant Letter of Commitment Global Grant Letter of Commitment (65 KB)
  • Global Grant Lifecycle Global Grant Lifecycle (88 KB)
  • Global Grant Low Cost Shelters Guidelines & Appendix Global Grant Low Cost Shelters Guidelines & Appendix (220 KB)
  • Global Grant Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Supplement Global Grant Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Supplement (330 KB)
  • Guide to Global Grants Guide to Global Grants (344 KB)
  • How to Survive a TRF Audit How to Survive a TRF Audit (436 KB)
  • How to Use the Grant Center How to Use the Grant Center (1392 KB)
  • Literacy Projects Guide Literacy Projects Guide (2572 KB)
  • Reporting on Global Grants Reporting on Global Grants (833 KB)
  • Rotary Grant Resources Rotary Grant Resources (79 KB)
  • Rotary Grant Resources Handout Rotary Grant Resources Handout (230 KB)
  • Rotary Grants - Staff Contact Sheet Rotary Grants - Staff Contact Sheet (866 KB)
  • Rotary Grants Presentation Rotary Grants Presentation (2242 KB)
  • Rotary Grants Terms & Conditions Rotary Grants Terms & Conditions (217 KB)
  • Six Steps to Sustainability Six Steps to Sustainability (1022 KB)
  • TRF Cadre of Technical Advisors TRF Cadre of Technical Advisors (213 KB)
  • TRF Funded Project Signage TRF Funded Project Signage (146 KB)