Global Grants Process
 
Global Grants are significant, sustainable projects that meet community-identified needs. They are sponsored by two clubs or districts: a host partner in the country where the activity takes place and an international partner outside the country. There is no longer a minimum match required from the Rotary Foundation (TRF) for a Global Grant. Instead, there is a minimum budget of $30,000. This can be comprised of cash, DDF, and World Fund match.   
 
Both The Rotary Foundation and the District have made several important changes related to Global Grants since 2020. The District 5450 Terms and Conditions for Global Grants incorporated District specific policies and processes for Global Grants as well as the changes made by the Rotary Foundation through February 2021. This document is an important resource can be downloaded using the link on the left side of this page. 
 
The most significant provisions for Global Grants submitted by May 31, 2021, and approved by June 30, 2021 are: 
  • District DDF allotment for Global Grants of $130,000
  • First Come First Serve process for DDF allocation
  • DDF matched at 100% by TRF World Fund
  • Elimination of the 50% match on cash contributions.
  • Minimum $30,000 budget from all funding sources.
For applications that do not meet the above criteria, there is an additional change:
  • DDF matched at 80% by TRF World Fund.
A Global Grant must be in one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus and requires participation by both the Host (in country) Rotarians and the International Rotarians.  Effective July 1, 2021, Rotary has added “The Environment” as an Area of Focus.
 
When considering any project, sponsors must first conduct a thorough community assessment that explores the pressing needs identified by community and identifies club and community resources available to address them. Rotary International provides guides for all parts of the development and implementation of a Global Grant.  Rotary Guidelines for each Area of Focus is an invaluable resource that spells out the specific requirements for grant approval These documents can be found on the RI website, www.rotary.org.  Many of these documents can also be downloaded from this website.