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Over a Century of Doing Good in the World

About the International Service Committee
Consistent with The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC's International Service Committee (ISC) identifies projects, contributes to funding, and oversees and reports on the completion of projects located around the world.

The ISC funds and oversees international humanitarian projects that align with The Rotary Foundation’s mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Recent projects have been selected from Rotary's six Areas of Focus --  maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, and economic and community development. 
Small Grants -- The ISC funds small grants for humanitarian projects that demonstrate a need for small capital items or funding for a special service that provides direct and tangible benefits.
Global Grants -- The ISC contributes to funding of global grants, approved by The Rotary Foundation,  in partnership with other Rotary Clubs, that demonstrate long-term sustainability, measurable outcomes and aligns with Rotary's Areas of Focus.  Grants must actively involve Rotarians and community members,  respond to real community needs and provide a community assessment.
Click here for a list of highlighted past projects.
ISC project funding comes from a variety of sources to include:
  • Annual contribution from the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC (from the DC Foundation's annual distribution dedicated to international projects constituting 10% of possible proceeds).  
  • Club fundraisers, e.g., the DC Duck Race
  • Matching funds from the Rotary District 7620 and Rotary International's foundation (TRF)
  • Contributions from the host country Rotary club
  • Matching funds from the host country Rotary district
  • Individual contributions
  • Contributions from co-sponsoring clubs or organizations
2019-20 Grant Cycle 
The ISC will begin accepting and reviewing applications for the 2019-2020  grant cycle on September 1, 2019.  The absolute deadline for applications is October 15, 2019.  Grants are awarded based on completeness and quality of information, alignment with The Rotary Foundation's mission, Terms and Conditions and Areas of Focus, and availability of ISC funds.  After review and approval by the Boards of the DC Rotary Club and the DC Rotary Foundation, announcements of grant awards will be made in the December of 2019.
2018 – 2019 Grant Cycle concluded.
The ISC has concluded its request for proposals and awarded all available funds for the 2018-2019 grant cycle. 

Are you interested in applying for a grant? You must be a member of a Rotary club to be eligible.


Small Grants:  Rotarians applying for a Small Grant (totaling $100 to $5,000) must download and complete the ISC Small Grant -- Short Form application.    All grants must identify a host-country Rotary Club that can provide oversight and possible assistance, if needed.

Global Grants:  DC Rotarians applying for a Global Grant requesting  $100 to $5,000 from the DCRC (with a minimum total project budget of $40,000 or more) must download and complete the DCRC Global Grant -- Long Form application and must provide the TRF-required Community Assessment.   

Rotarians from other clubs seeking contributions to global grants from the DCRC must fill out the Short Form application and attach a PDF of their TRF Global Grant Application, which should  include the TRF global grant number, as well as the TRF-required  Community Assessment (no exceptions).    

All grants are subject to quarterly reports until projects are completed.

Where to Find Forms:  Copies of the ISC's application forms are available on DC Rotary's website -- Service  in the left column.    For reference, applicants can find summaries of projects most recently approved by our club,  as well as other informational documents from The Rotary Foundation about how to apply for grants.
For more information about the kinds of international projects supported by Rotary, we urge you to check out The Rotary Foundation's website, or
Mimi Kanda, 2018-19 Co-chair,
May O'Brien, 2018-19, Co-chair,
Volunteer needed, Treasurer/Grants Financial Officer
To celebrate its 100th year, The Rotary Foundation recognized 20 global grants that  exemplify what a project should be: a sustainable endeavor that aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and that is designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need. These noteworthy projects demonstrate how your club can leverage the resources of the Foundation to do good in the world. 
The Rotary Foundation identified Brendan McGinnis, past ISC chair, for his leadership in one of the top 20 global grants,  Hands Across Waters, at  its 100th Anniversary celebration in 2017.



teaching peaceful problem-solving in Israel

Area of focus: Promoting peace

Host sponsor: Rotary Club of Haifa, Israel

International sponsor: Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland, Florida, USA; DC Rotary Club, co-partner

Total budget: $161,750

Background: Israel faces challenges with water scarcity and ongoing conflict. 

Scope: This water project has a “hidden” peace component: Water challenges form the basis of a science curriculum that helps schoolchildren from different backgrounds in Haifa find solutions peacefully and creatively. 

Impact: Students from 10 schools worked together to present 38 science projects focused on water and sanitation. One project involving students from three schools won first prize in a national competition. Schools also participated in 15 cross-cultural activities.