What are Global Grants?

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six Areas of Focus.
You can use global grants to fund:

  • Humanitarian projects that support the goals of one or more of the areas of focus
  • Vocational Training Teams which are groups of professionals traveling abroad either to learn more about their profession or teach local professionals about a particular field.
  • Global Grant Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies that relate to one or more of the Areas of Focus.

Global grants must:

  • Be an international partnership between a Rotary club or district in the country where the activity takes place and a Rotary club or district outside of that country
  • Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Include measurable goals that are demonstrated through progress reports
  • Align with one of our six areas of focus
  • Respond to real community needs
  • Include active participation from both Rotarians and community members
  • Have a minimum budget of  $30,000

How  do I apply for a global grant?

District Global Grant Chair Dick Elixman for review and approval of DDF before submitting the application to Rotary International.

How  are global grants funded?

Global grants are funded with a combination of District Designated Funds or cash contributions and matching funds from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. The World Fund will match 100 percent of District Designated Funds and/or 50 percent of cash contributions. The minimum award amount from the World Fund is US$15,000, which means that the minimum project budget is $30,000.

Documents to Help Plan and Implement Global Grants:


**NEW** Global Grant MOU

**NEW**  2016 Guide to Global Grants  (pdf)
How to Make Sponsor Contributions for Global Grants to TRF (pdf)
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Cooperating Organization (doc)

Areas of Focus:
Areas of Focus  Statements of Purpose and Goals (pdf)
Rotary’s Areas of Focus Descriptions (pdf)

Designing a Project:
The Different Parts to a Global Grant Application  (pdf)
Example of a Project Purchasing Policy
Community Assessment Tools  (pdf)
Guidelines for Rotary Foundation-Funded Project Signage (pdf)

Monitoring and Evaluation:
Global Grant  Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Supplement (pdf)
Implementing, Monitoring& Evaluating a Grant Project  (pdf)

Explanation of Sustainable Projects (pdf)

Microcredit Humanitarian Projects:
Report Supplement  for Microcredit Projects (doc)