District Grants provide funding to Rotary clubs and districts to support local and international humanitarian and service projects, community beautification, scholarships, and vocational training teams relating to the project/mission.

Good News for District Grants:

Effective immediately, district grants can now fund youth programs (including Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, Rotaract, or Interact), construction (including low cost shelters), travel for staff of cooperating organizations, scholar orientation seminars, grant management seminars, and activities primarily implemented by an organization other than Rotary.

The Grant Model also allows:

  • Scholarships with no restrictions on the level (secondary, university, or graduate), length, location (local or international), or area of study
  • Service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Vocational training teams for both domestic and international travel, rotary and non-rotary countries

District Grant Policy: 

  • For the period from January 15, 2015 - March 31, 2016
    • Use of District Designated Funds (DDF) for District Grants is allocated to your club based on your past three year giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. The allocation schedule will be posted on the 2015-16 District Grants web page.
    • The District will match the Club contribution (District 5240 Clubs only) $ for $ up to the Club’s DDF allocation for the 2014-2015 period.
    • There is no limit on the dollar amounts on individual District Grants. Clubs can use their allocation in any manner they choose within the Terms and Conditions prescribed by TRF and District 5240.
    • Clubs may combine their allocation with other Clubs in any manner they wish with no limitations.
  • There is no TRF match for District Grants.
  • District Grants are not required to be within the Six Areas of Focus. 
  • Applications for District Grants for Rotary Year 2015-2016 can be submitted beginning January 15, 2015. 
  • They must be submitted no later than midnight, March 31, 2015.
  • In addition to community and international service projects, District Grants may now be used for scholarships and for Vocational Training Teams.
  • If there is DDF remaining on April 1, 2015 clubs will be able to submit an additional application as described in the District Grant Distribution Policy.
  • Only clubs that have been qualified by District 5240 may sponsor a District Grant.  
  • There is no restriction on clubs that want to support a District Grant.
  • 2015-16 District Grants must be completed and the final report submitted no later than June 30, 2016

District Grants must still:

  • Relate to the mission of The Rotary Foundation.
  • Comply with all policies and procedures of The Rotary Foundation and District 5240.
  • Include the active participation of Rotarians.
  • Adhere to the governing laws of the U.S. and the country where the activity is taking place and not harm individuals or entities.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity towards host country’s culture.
  • May only fund activities that have been approved in advance.
  • Comply with the District Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Complete all required paperwork in a timely fashion.
Email District Grant Applications in PDF Format to Dan Giordano (dgiordano@bak.rr.com)

Questions regarding District Grants should be sent to District Rotary Foundation (DRF) District Grants Coordinator Gerry Porter (gporter909@gmail.com) or District Grants Subcommittee Chair (DGSC) Dan Giordano (dgiordano@bak.rr.com).
If you are having problems with the forms themselves, contact Nick Frankle (nfrankle@earthlink.net).