From 2013 the Rotary Foundation implemented a new grant model to support club and district humanitarian and educational projects. The Foundation Trustees identified a growing need to focus efforts in order to achieve greater impact, more public recognition, and streamlined operations for improved efficiency. The new grant structure enables Rotarians to change people’s lives, make the world a better place, and help meet the priorities and goals of Rotary’s strategic plan.
Under the new model, the Rotary Foundation offers two types of grants. A District Grant is an annual block grant that the District applies for from the Foundation which it disburses to clubs in the district following an annual application round that closes at the end of July each year. District grants are used to address smaller and more immediate needs in local communities and abroad that are focused on the mission of the Rotary Foundation. Global Grants offer clubs and districts the opportunity to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities within the six areas of focus and the minimum total budget for a global grant project is US$30,000. Clubs apply directly to the Foundation on-line for global grants which are done in partnership with at least one other club or district in another country. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.
In order to apply for grants the district and clubs need to qualify each year, demonstrating their understanding of the grant requirements and processes and their commitment to good stewardship and sound project management. Club qualification requires that at least one member of the club attends a grant management seminar which are run in conjunction with District Assembly around March/April for the following Rotary year.
Further information on either of these two grants can be requested from the District Foundation Chair or the TRF Grants Sub Committee Chair:
- You can also download an application for a District Grant here or from the "Forms and Downloads" area
- A complete list of district grants over the past two years can be found in the "Forms and Downloads" area
Assistance to carry our international projects can also be provided by Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS). It may be possible to access funds through the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP) for projects meeting strict criteria relating to development and capacity building as distinct from welfare. Applications for NZAP grants must be made through RNZWCS Ltd. The application process for these grants can be quite complex and clubs are encouraged to seek advice as early as possible.