What is the District Grant Program? The Rotary Foundation (TRF) allocates a block grant to each District that applies. The size of the grant is based on past member contributions to TRF. District 5030 allocates the funds it receives to specific projects recommended by the District Grants Team.
The programs objectives are to:
Generate increased participation by Rotarians, both in giving to TRF and in putting that money to work by investing in strong projects with lasting impact
Support club engagement and participation in District-funded projects
Encourage and facilitate collaboration among District clubs
Where Rotaract Fits For the first time, The Rotary Foundation has approved giving District Grants directly to Rotaract Clubs for projects they design and support with their own funds. The District Grant Team has set aside limited funds to initiate this program, which seeks to encourage Rotaractors to partner together with other Rotaract and Rotary Clubs in our District on local community projects. Proposals designed to offer club members a hands-on role in a community project will be given priority. Below is an overview of the types of grants available and how they work.
Two Programs There are two different ways your Rotaract club can receive District funding for community service projects; A Rotaract District Grant of up to $4000 can be proposed for a community service project. A 2:1 match Is offered for a club’s first project during the 2016-17 Rotary Foundation Centennial. By including a partner Rotary or Rotaract club, their contribution will also be matched 2:1. Hands-on member participation and project publicity is required. Details below.
A Rotaract Express Grant of up to $500 per club for a community service project does not require a club contribution. Hands-on member participation and project publicity is required. Details below.
How a Rotaract District Grant works. A club aiming to initiate a community service project can apply for a grant from $1000 to $4000. If the club contributes $1500, for example, the District will match it 2:1 with a $3000 grant. If a Rotary club or another Rotaract club joins the project and contributes $500, the District will also match it 2:1 for an additional $1000 grant. In total, the District grant of $4000 is added to the club contributions of $2000 for a total project budget of $6000. Clubs have up to two years from receipt of a District Grant to complete their project. The minimum size grant for which a proposal will be accepted is $1000.
To qualify for consideration, a Rotaract club will have the opportunity to work with a member of the District Grants Team to complete the simple proposal form enclosed anytime up to December 1, 2016. The accompanying instructions spell out what’s needed. Successful proposals will be funded quickly.
The District is required to sign an MOU with the Rotary Foundation (TRF) in order to receive funding for our District Grants. The District, in turn, requires that any club receiving a District Grant must sign a District MOU. The MOU enclosed includes club commitments for financial management, training, and member contributions to TRF in the future. The lead Rotaract club seeking a District Grant must have signed an MOU. It will include a commitment to start a member contribution program to TRF with minimum participation requirements. For the 2016-17 Rotary year, this pilot program commitment is for a minimum contribution that equals $30/member. It is member contributions to TRF that determine the amount of District Grant funds available to our clubs.
How a Rotaract Express Grant works. A Rotaract club needing up to $500 to initiate a community service project may apply to Steve Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quick decision. No club contribution nor MOU is required for an Express Grant. Hands-on member participation and project publicity is required. The form and instructions are enclosed for seeking the District Governor’s approval.
The District Grant Team wants to help interested Clubs submit successful proposals. Let Steve Crane know which grant is needed as soon as possible so he can work with you on your proposal.