The Rotary Foundation


The mission of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. It is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible Foundation grant  funded projects that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

                        Goals, Funds and Contributions 
TRF programs give a value in excess of 100mUSD each year but for this to happen, there must be a corresponding strong inflow of funds.
Each year Clubs set their goals for contributions which can be one off or recurring, from either or both the Club and individual Rotarians, to one or more of the following:  
The Annual Fund. This is the primary source of support for Foundation Grants and programs made available each year to Districts and Clubs. Within the fund contributions can be directed to:
  • SHARE, the World Fund. Three years (3) after the contributions go into the fund, they are made available to support District and Global Grants.
  • An Area of Focus fund. (See under Foundation Grants below) 

Polio Plus Fund The sole purpose of this fund is the worldwide eradication of Polio and until that can be certified as achieved, contributions will continue to be needed. For more information Click here

The Permanent Fund This is the Foundation’s endowed fund. Gifts & contributions to the Fund are invested to preserve and grow the principal and only a portion of the interest generated is used currently to support Rotary’s highest global priorities, including the Rotary Peace Centres. 

Paul Harris Fellow Society Individual Rotarians join by contributing 1000USD per annum to TRF.

Club Contributions

Club contributions are NOT tax deductible.

Contributions to Paul Harris Society

Contributions to Paul Harris Society are also NOT tax deductible. For more information Click here.

Individual Contributions

Individual contributions ARE tax deductible when paid to The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust Fund. They can be one off or recurring and should be paid to either:

  • The Every Rotarian Every Year Program (EREY) where you pay to area of need you nominate
  • The Centurion Program where you pay to the Annual Fund or Polio Plus.

Application forms for both programs are in the left hand column under Files.

Making Payment

By Cheque
  • PayeeEither TRF Annual Fund (Share Fund); TRF Annual Fund (and specify your Area of Focus); TRF Polio Plus; or TRF Permanent Fund
  • Mail to: District Foundation Treasurer/Steward, PO Box 8410, Angelo Street, South Perth WA 6951. 
By Direct Debit 
  • Payee: Either EREY or the Centurion Program
  • Mail to: District Foundation Treasurer/Steward, PO Box 8410, Angelo Street, South Perth WA 6951.  
By EFT to
Rotary District 9465 Foundation Account
BSB: 036 031;
Account Number: 249946. 
Email the details of payee, amount, and date paid to 
For more information Click here
                          District Fund Raising Committee
This committee oversees the District's strategy and helps Clubs achieve their contribution goals.
To contact the Chair Click here


                          Foundation Grants 

There are two types of grant available to Clubs and their members. They are:

District Grants which fund short-term projects and activities, either local or international, that support the Foundation’s mission. Funding requests must be submitted to the District Foundation Committee prior to the beginning of each Rotary Year. 

Global Grants which fund large-scale projects and activities that:

  • Respond to a need the benefiting community has identified
  • Include the active participation of the benefiting community
  • Are designed to enable the community to sustain itself after the Rotary club or district has concluded its work
  • Have measurable results

To receive a Global Grant a project must fall under at least one of the following six Areas of Focus:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Minimum funding is 30,000USD and 45,000USD determined by the project funding mix which must include a minimum 15,000USD Foundation match.

For more information Click here


                             Vocational Study Exchange (VSE )

Vocational Study Exchange (VSE) is a program which for successful applicants, can be funded by a District Grant combined with Club nomination and participation fees. It involves a team of at least four outstanding business people or professionals going on a four to six week exchange to another country while a team from that country visits theirs. The exchanges are intended to promote international understanding, goodwill and peace.

For more information Click here


                         Vocational Training Teams (VTT)

VTT is a program which Clubs can support with District or Global Grants. The teams comprise professionals who travel, either to learn more about their vocation or to teach local professionals and thereby help expand the knowledge and skills of individuals and communities. However VTT is not an exchange between Rotary Districts. 

For more information Click here


Scholarships can be funded by District or Global Grants 

District Grants offer great flexibility for scholarships, because each District is able to develop its own criteria for the types of scholarships it will fund. There are no restrictions on the level (secondary, university, or graduate), length, or area of study. Scholarships can be awarded in any amount and can support students attending a local university or a school in another country.

Global grants may support graduate-level scholars whose field of study and professional goals further one of the six areas of focus. Global Grants may fund a scholar for a term of one to four years, covering tuition, room and board, and other expenses for the duration of the grant. 

For more information Click here


People who have participated in Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA); Rotary Peace Fellowships and Rotary Scholarships (funded by global grants or district grants), Ambassadorial Scholarships; Vocational Training Teams (members and leaders), Group Study Exchange (members and leaders) and Grants for University Teachers; and Rotary Volunteers, are all considered Alumni of The Rotary Foundation.

For more information on any of the above Click here