Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 09, 2019
Rotary members contribute their skills, expertise, and resources to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems. From providing clean water to promoting peace worldwide, The Rotary Foundation grants bring service project ideas to life, including those we lead in our own communities. On May 9, 16 Ladner Rotary members and guests were among more than 150 attending the Rotary District 5040 Foundation Dinner for the BC Lower Mainland. The multi-cultural mix of Rotary was evident in the wide range of national dress seen  among those attending.
In fiscal year 2018, The Rotary Foundation provided more than US$86 million in grants, and some of that funding came our way to clubs in District 5040:
  • $10.9 million in grants given for education and literacy projects
  • $35.6 million in grants given for disease prevention and treatment
  • $10.5 million in grants given for growing local economies
  • $18.7 million grants given to water and sanitation projects

In addition to global grants, district grants support Rotary managed projects in our local communities such as:
  • parks and recreation projects;
  • providing nutritious food to children in low income families;
  • education programs, equipment and supplies;
  • supporting youth to attend summer camps;
  • humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts;
  • scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study;
  • youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact;
  • vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves;
  • and more.