District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.


You can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club , including:

  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own


You have a lot of freedom to customize your service projects. There aren’t many restrictions, as long as your district grant supports the mission of The Rotary Foundation. Districts must be  before they can administer district grants.


Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one district grant annually. This percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings. You aren’t required to request the full amount available.

You’ll receive this funding as a lump sum and then distribute it to your clubs.


Clubs work directly with their district to get funding. Your district governor or Rotary Foundation chair should be able to tell you when to submit a request and whether you’ll need to meet additional district requirements, such as reporting or training.

2016-2017 District Grants Awarded

Club Project Project # Approved
Cashmere Football stadium scoreboard 201617-1 $5,000
Ellensburg Morning Defibrillators for schools 201617-2 $1,500
Kalamalka Ethiopian water project 201617-3 $9,000
Kamloops Valhalla School (Zimbabwe) 201617-4 $4,983
Kelowna Freedom's Door Kitchen 201617-5 $9,000
Kelowna Morningside Camp Moses Solar (Tanzania) 201617-6 $2,750
Kelowna Ogopogo Kratie sewing school (Cambodia) 201617-7 $3,200
Kelowna Okanagan Mission Okanagan College learning centre 201617-8 $6,055
Kelowna Sunrise Days for girls (Uganda) 201617-9 $5,000
Vernon Silver Star Lunch for Learners (Tanzania) 201617-10 $2,800
Moses Lake Shelving for library 201617-11 $9,000
Peachland Hands up for Africa 201617-12 $3,000
Penticton Mental Wellness Initiative 201617-13 $1,782
Summerland Trail head upgrade 201617-14 $9,000
Wenatchee Women's shelter 201617-15 $5,088
Yakima Downtown Restore historic building 201617-16 $9,000
Vernon Optometry equipment 201617-17 $2,250
  Total Requests   $88,408
  Available Funds   $94,928
  Reserves   $6,520