Posted by Lars Henriksson, Past District 7070 Governor and District Grants Chair

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) through its grants program provides opportunities to do good in the world.  Rotary and – as of July 1, 2022 – Rotaract Clubs can apply for grant funds to humanitarian projects.  However, TRF has some rules and regulations that Clubs must meet, if they want to apply for funds from TRF.

Clubs must be qualified EVERY YEAR

Only qualified Rotary and Rotaract Clubs can apply for grants from the Rotary Foundation.  Qualification is administered by the Districts and is valid for one Rotary year.  D7070 is using an online qualification process, with three modules posted on the District’s website, www.rotary7070.0rg   A quiz is connected to each module. ....... (PLEASE READ MORE).......

To become qualified, a Rotary or Rotaract Club must have

  • at least two of its members successfully complete the three quizzes, and

  • its President and President Elect sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the District.

The modules and quizzes for the 2022-23 Rotary year are posted on the District’s website NOW.



There are two types of grants offered by the Rotary Foundation, District Grants and Global Grants.  All grant projects must meet the mission of the Rotary Foundation.


District Grants  are for smaller projects.  The projects can be local or international.  Applications for projects in the 2022-23 Rotary year are made to the District no later than May 31, 2022.  The application form can be found on the District’s website.

Global Grants are for bigger, bolder projects between Clubs and/or Districts in two separate countries (Host and International Partner).  The projects must be in one of TRF’s seven focus areas.  The budget for a Global Grant project must be at least USD30,000.  Applications are done online at at any time of the year.  The District may match Club cash contributions to Global Grant projects with DDF (District Designated Funds).  TRF will match DDF 80%.


Special rules for Rotaract Clubs

The major Rotary Foundation news for the 2022-23 Rotary year is, as already mentioned, that Rotaract Clubs can apply for grant funds.  Like Rotary Clubs, the Rotaract Clubs must be qualified. 

Qualified Rotaract Clubs may apply for District Grants.  However, if they want to apply for a Global Grant (Host and International Partners jointly apply for the grant), they must first have partnered with a Rotary Club in a Global Grant project.  In addition, if a Rotaract Club is either the Host or International Partner in a Global Grant project, the other partner must be a Rotary Club.  These rules apply for the 2022-23 Rotary year but may be eliminated in future Rotary years as Rotaract Club become more integrated in the Rotary family.


Further information

The District’s website will be continuously updated.  In addition, a Formation information session is planned for April (date and format to be decided).  While it may be catered to Rotaract Clubs, Rotarians should also find it informative. There will also be information about TRF and the grants program at the District conference in May 2022.  You are also welcome to contact, Lars Henriksson, District Grants SubCommittee Chair, at