Rotary Foundation Grants Information

2020-21 District 7070 Foundation Grants Training, Qualification and Application Information

 
Club Qualification
For the 2020-21 Rotary year, District 7070 will once again replace the traditional Qualification Seminar for Clubs interested in applying for Rotary Foundation funds for Global and/or District Grants with an on-line training alternative. 
 
The Rotary Foundation requires that Rotary Clubs must be qualified to apply for Global or District Grant funds.  A Rotary Club is qualified once
  • at least two of its members have successfully completed the on-line Qualification Training provided by the District, and
  • the Club President and President Elect have signed the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, and submitted it to the District.
The on-line Qualification Training consists of three modules. A Quiz is connected to each module.  Each Quiz has nine questions.  To pass the Quiz, the Rotarian must correctly answer at least, seven of the questions on the Quiz connected with the module.  Once the Rotarian has successfully passed all three Quizzes, s/he is qualified.  Minimum two members of a Rotary Club must be qualified as part of the Qualification process for the Club. 
 
The second qualification requirement for the Club is that its President and President Elect sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and submit it to the District.
 
Qualification, required by The Rotary Foundation, is valid for one Rotary year. 
 
Quizzes can be taken at any time that is convenient to the Rotarian.  The District will inform the Rotarian of the result of a Quiz.  A record per Rotarian and Club will be kept by the District.  When two members of a Club have successfully completed the Quizzes and the Club’s leadership (President and President Elect) has submitted a signed copy of the MOU to the District, the Club will be informed that is qualified.  The Club will also be added to the record of qualified Clubs on the District’s website.
 
Rotary Clubs that want to lead a Global Grant or District Grant project must be qualified.  (Non-qualified Clubs can still financially support projects in a non-leading role).  But Clubs are encouraged to become qualified to better understand and support the Rotary Foundation and its important programs.  And more than two members of one Club are welcome to take the on-line training. 
 
Qualification Knowledge Material - Learn
 
 
Quizzes - Test
Documents to be downloaded - Available from the menu on the left
  • Memorandum of Understanding – MOU (word) 
  • District Grant Application form 2020-21 (word) 
  • DDF Request form for Global Grant Projects
 
DDF matching for Global Grant Projects must be requested
Clubs in District 7070 requesting DDF (District Designated Funds) to match Club cash contributions to a Global Grant Project must send a DDF-request form to the District.  Based on the information provided in the form and discussions with the Club, District 7070 will inform the Club/s how much DDF that can be made available to the project.  DDF will not be made available to projects, if no request form was sent to the District.
 
Government of Canada Funds up-date  
The 2019-20 Rotary year is the final year for Government of Canada funds.  Negotiations are ongoing to either prolong the program or establish a similar program for contribution to Canadian Rotarian funding to Global Grant projects.  However, at the time of writing (March 2020) no such agreement has been made. 
 
Clubs are encouraged to regularly visit the Rotary Foundation Canada website, http://www.trfcanada.org to learn if any new development in this matter has happened..

 
Global and District Grants
Global Grants require two Clubs and/or Districts in two separate countries working together.  They are called Host and International Partners respectively, where the Host Partner is where the project will take place.  D7070 Clubs are typically the International Partner.  Global Grants are for long-term projects and they must fall in one of the six Areas of Focus.  The budget for a Global Grant project must be min. USD 30,000.  The request for funds from the Rotary Foundation must be min. USD 15,000.
 
Always do the calculations for Global Grants in USD, including any commitments for support from other Clubs.  This will prevent any future discussions about exchange rates, once the Clubs are asked to pay their promised contributions.
 
Global Grant projects must fall within at least one of the six areas of focus.  These 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
Global Grants may be funded by
  • Club Cash
  • DDF – District Designated Funds
  • Other contributions, and
  • The Rotary Foundation Award (TRF’s matching of Club cash and DDF)
The Rotary Foundation will match Club cash contribution 0.50:1 and DDF 1:1.  This formula makes it very attractive for Clubs to request DDF matching from the District.  Please, note that you must request any DDF matching by sending a DDF Request Form to the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee before you start your application.  Based on the information provided, you will learn how much DDF you may receive.  No Global Grant project will receive DDF matching without formally requesting DDF.  District 7070 is only matching cash contributions from D7070 Clubs.  D7070 may also match cash contributions by D7070 Clubs to Global Grant projects, led by Clubs outside D7070.
 
Applications for Global Grant Projects are made on http://www.rotary.org and can be made throughout the year.  As of July 1, 2018, every Global Grant application must include a Community Needs Assessment study.  The Global Grant Calculator, found on http://www.rotary.org is a very useful tool to find out funding options.
 
For more information, please download ‘Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation District and Global Grants – for Grants awarded after July 1, 2013’ available on http://www.rotary.org. .
 
District Grants are supposed be used for smaller projects.  There is no minimum budget required.  The project must still meet the Rotary Foundation Mission.  A District Grant can be used both locally and internationally.  There is no requirement for a Rotary Club at the other end.  However, it has proven to be very beneficial to cooperate with local Rotary Clubs, if such exist.
 
District 7070 is encouraging Clubs to cooperate in District Grant projects.  Hence, the matching increases with the number of Clubs involved in a project.  The matching formula is found in the District Grant Application Form, which can be downloaded from this site.. 
 
Clubs apply to the District for District Grants using the special form found on the District’s website.  Only applications received by May 31, 2020 will be considered to be included in the District’s Spending Plan, our application to the Rotary Foundation for a District Block Grant.  The Spending Plan is, in short, a summary of all the projects that the District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee has decided to endorse.
 
What happens after May 31, 2020?
Applications for District Grant funds received on, or before, May 31, 2020 will be reviewed by the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee for consideration to be included in the District’s Spending Plan, our application for a District Block Grant.
 
The Committee aims to have the review completed at the end of June 2020 and submit the Spending Plan to the Rotary Foundation early in July.  Normally, the Foundation needs about a month to review the Plan, so we expect to have the funds for the successful Clubs in August/September 2020r.
 
The Spending Plan will be published on the District’s website.
 
 
Useful links
Here are a few useful links
More information
For more information, please contact Lars Henriksson, Chair, District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee.  Lars can be reached at email pdglars.henriksson@gmail.com or tel. 416-402 6093.