Rotary Foundation Grants Information

2018-19 District 7070 Foundation Grants Information


  • PDG Lars Henrikkson Presentation at the Qualification Seminar Saturday, February 9, 2018, Entitled "From SHARE to Global Grant" 

  • What changed to Grants starting in the 2015-16 Rotary Year

  • Global and District Grants

  • Club Qualification

  • Memorandum of Understanding – MOU

  • 2018-19 District Grants Proposal Form

  • What happens after the May 15, 2018, District Grant Proposal dead-line?

  • Useful links

More information

Grants Information Presentation from Qualification Seminar Saturday, February 10, 2018

Click here to download the presentation given at the Seminar Saturday, February 10, 2018.


What Changed in the 2015-16 Rotary year?

There are a couple of changes that have occurred, in the past few Rotary Years when it comes to the Global and District Grants.

The 5% administration fee for the Global Grants came into effect July 1, 2015.  It applies to Club cash contributions to a Global Grant project if the funds are sent via The Rotary Foundation.  If Club cash contributions are sent directly to the project account, usually with the Host Club, no fee will have to be paid.  Funds sent via the Rotary Foundation qualify for Paul Harris recognition points; funds sent directly to the project won't.  

Another thing that started in the 2015-16 Rotary year is the Government of Canada funds.  It is a five-year program, CAD1.2 million per year.  These funds will match Canadian Rotary Club cash contributions to certain Global Grant projects.  The GOC funds will also match DDF from Canadian Districts.  The Rotary Foundation will then match the GOC contributions.  Certain restrictions apply, but it is always worthwhile checking the eligibility.  More information can be found on the Rotary Foundation Canada website  Once on that site, please click on the GOC Programmes.

We have moved up the deadline for District Grants Project proposal to May 15, 2018.  The reasons for this change is that we want to come more in sync with the Rotary Foundations project cycle.  Ideally, Clubs should plan their projects for next year this spring, so we can distribute the funds to the Clubs as early as possible in the new Rotary year.

The matching will remain unchanged

  • With One Club in the Project, the match may be up to 50 %, up to a maximum of CAD1,000 per project

  • With Two or Three Clubs in the Project, the match may be up to 75%, up to up to a maximum of CAD1,500 per Club and project,

  • With Four and more Clubs in the Project, the match may be up to 100%, up to a maximum of CAD 2,000 per Club and project.


More details are found in the 2018-19 District Grants Proposal Form


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.  These grants are for long-term project.  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 have 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


The Rotary Foundation will match Club cash contribution 0.50:1 and DDF 1:1.  This formula makes it very attractive for Clubs putting together projects to request DDF matching from the District.  As there is just so much DDF available each year, please, contact the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee before you start you application, so we can agree on an amount that will be set aside for your project.  Otherwise, you risk that there is no DDF available when your project is to be approved by The Rotary Foundation.

Applications for Global Grant Projects are made on and can be made throughout the year.

For more information, please click here to download the Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation District and Global Grants – for Grants awarded after July 1, 2013.


District Grants can be used for smaller projects.  There is no minimum budget required.  The project still has to meet the Rotary Foundation Mission.  A District Grant can be used locally or internationally.  There is no requirement that there is a Rotary Club in the other end.  However, we have found it very beneficial to cooperate with local Rotary Club if such exist.


As indicated earlier on this site, District 7070 has decided to encourage Clubs to cooperate when designing projects.  Hence, we offer to increase the District’s match of Club cash contributions if more Clubs are involved in a project.


Applications received by May 15, 2018 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.


Club Qualification

Clubs must be qualified to participate in the Grants Program.  Qualification is obtained in the following way

  • Two members of the Club participate in the District’s Qualification Seminar. One session was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018. A repeat session will be held and a date will be determined later.

  • The Club must sign and submit a MOU – Memorandum of Understanding – to the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee. The MOU should be forwarded to Lars Henriksson,


The Qualification is valid for one year only.  This is a requirement by the Rotary Foundation and outside of D7070’s control.



MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

Click here to download a copy of the MOU – Memorandum of Understanding that a Club has to sign and submit if it wants to participate in the Foundation’s Grants program.



2018-19 District Grants Proposal Form

One of the objectives with the new Grants process is that Clubs should plan projects year one and implement them year two.  Therefore, D7070 has set a dead-line of May 15, 2018 for applications for District Grant funds for projects to be completed in the 2019-20 Rotary year.  The application should be made on the official 2018-19 District Grant Proposal Form.  Click here to download a copy.

Applications should be forwarded electronically to Lars Henriksson at, no later than May 15, 2018 


What happens after May 15, 2018?

Applications for District Grant funds received on, or before, May 15, 2018 will be reviewed by the District foundation Grant Sub-Committee to be considered to be included in the District’s Spending Plan, our application for a District Block Grant.

The aim of the Committee is to have the review completed by the end of June 2018, so we can submit the Spending Plan to the Rotary Foundation early in July.  The normal handling time at the Foundation is less than a month, so we hope to have the funds for the successful Clubs at the beginning of the 2019-20 Rotary year. A copy of the Timeline is located in the left hand column of this page.

The Spending Plan is 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 lars@norditrade.comor tel. 416-489 8438.