Last Week: Rotary District Grants: All you Need to Know
Last week’s presentation by Barry Thompson continued our series on “This Is Rotary” with a look at how the “Future Vision” grant program works in our Rotary District and through the Rotary Foundation. Barry is chairman of the District’s Grants Committee, and has a lot of experience in looking at grant proposals—both good and bad. He’ shared with us the basic rules for grants, and some ideas on how to improve the grant application process.
Barry went over the eligibility guidelines for District and Global Grants. All activities must relate to the mission of the Rotary Foundation, and include participation of Rotarians.
District grants support local and international projects, scholarships (District 7620 awards two district post-secondary scholarships), vocational training teams, and related travel. District grants tend to focus on smaller projects within our District. “Global Grants” are usually larger in scope and involve international efforts.
Both types of grants are reviewed by the District’s Grants Committee. Clubs applying for grants must meet several requirements, including contribution to the Rotary Foundation ($100 per member per year).