• Evanston, Illinois

Global Grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.

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Global grants support international activities within Rotary’s areas of focus:

  • Humanitarian projects provide sustainable, measurable outcomes that address real community needs.
  • Vocational training builds skills within a community through targeted educational programs or by supporting teams of professionals who travel abroad to build their own capacity or the capacity of the community they visit. Learn more about vocational training teams.
  • Scholarships fund an international graduate-level study by people seeking a career within an area of focus. Read the Global Grant Scholarships Supplement for more information.

Districts must become qualified in order to receive grant funding from The Rotary Foundation. Clubs that want to apply for global grants must also be qualified.

The qualification process helps to ensure that districts or clubs understand their financial responsibilities, including stewardship, and is prepared to take them on. Qualification must be completed each year.

Qualify district

Becoming qualified is simple. Candidate’s district governor, governor-elect, and Rotary Foundation chair should:

  • Read through the district qualification memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the grants application tool, answer a series of questions, and agree to the MOU
  • Conduct grant management seminars for clubs

Candidates can return to review the document and the additional content provided as often as they like. And candidates may also set additional qualification requirements for clubs.

Qualify club

If a candidate’s club wishes to apply for global grants, their president and president-elect must:

  • Agree to the club qualification MOU
  • Send at least one club member to a grant management seminar held by their district
  • Complete any additional steps that their district requires

Candidate’s club must qualify each year if they plan to apply for global grants.



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  • The minimum budget for a global grant project is $30,000.
  • The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000.
  • Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the World Fund matches.
  • DDF is matched 100 percent and cash is matched at 50 percent.

Global grants can fund:

  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves


Rotary members must be actively involved in all global grants, and all projects must comply with the Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation District Grants and Global Grants.


  • Have a long-term, sustainable impact
  • Include activities that clearly fit into one of Rotary’s areas of focus
  • Invest at least $30,000 within a community
  • Address an important need identified by the community itself
  • Strengthen the community’s capacity to meet its own needs


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  • Actively involve the benefiting community in the project
  • Partner with a club in another country
  • Qualify their club for global grants every year
  • Act as primary sponsor of no more than 10 active global grants at a time
  • Develop a project plan that includes a budget and a financial management plan
  • Measure progress toward the outcome
  • Stay up-to-date in reporting for all active grants


Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Consult with local experts early in the planning process to build a strong project plan and global grant application. The district resource network can help.

To be approved, the candidate’s application must clearly describe how their project, scholarship, or vocational training team:

  • Is sustainable — including plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Includes measurable goals
  • Aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus
  • Responds to real community needs — starting 1 July, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team must conduct a community assessment first and include the results in their grant application
  • Actively involves Rotarians and community members
  • Meets the eligibility requirements in the terms and condition of the grant

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed as they’re received.

Sponsoring clubs and districts must submit their applications by June 30 to the Rotary Foundation for scholars who will begin studies in August, September, or October.

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Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

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