Skip to content

Grants Programs

Emphasizing the Seven Areas of Focus

In order to create the most good with TRF funds there is an emphasis on Seven Areas of Focus. Global Grants must address at least one of these seven areas of focus and district grants are encouraged to consider the same criteria.

You can direct your Annual Fund gift to SHARE, the World Fund, or an area of focus fund.

This website is designed to help our district clubs learn about the new grant system, meet the requirements for qualifying for a grant and then applying for a grant.

NOTICE: April 30, 2024 is the District Grant Application Deadline. There will be no exceptions.

District Grants may be used for local community or international projects. They are intended for smaller projects; completion within twelve months and do not require an international partner, but active Rotarian involvement is strongly encouraged when possible.

Getting Started and Following the Steps

District Grants may be used for local community or international projects. They are intended for smaller projects; completion within twelve months and do not require an international partner, but active Rotarian involvement is strongly encouraged when possible.

Any qualified Rotary Club in District 6970 in good standing with the district and Rotary International. Good standing means RI and District dues are current and there are no delinquent reports on previous  grants. Grants are competitive and applications usually exceed the total amount of available funds. Awards are dependent on the availability of Funds.

District grants offer clubs and districts flexibility in carrying out activities supporting the Foundation Mission. Districts are encouraged to distribute these grant funds for relatively short-term activities, either local or international. In District 6970, District Grants must be completed by April 1st. While not required, clubs are encouraged to support the Seven Areas of Focus in their grant project selection.

Districts can request up to 50% of their District Designated Fund (DDF) in one annual block grant. Historically, District 6970 has always requested the full 50% of available DDF, for use with District Grants. The District Share Committee reviews all District Grant applications as members of the District Grant Committee and makes District Grant award decisions.

What are the requirements of a District Grant?

    • District Grant projects must promote Rotary Awareness;
    • Active Rotarian involvement is strongly encouraged, when possible; 
    • District Grant projects must adhere to the fund management and  stewardship guidelines as set out in the Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)-PDF 
    • District Grant projects must be short term in nature and completed by April 1st; 
    • District Grant projects may be carried out in any country including non-Rotary countries, with the exception of Iran, North Korea and any countries added by TRF; 
    • All projects must be publicly identified as a Rotary Project; 
    • District Grant projects must not directly benefit a Rotarian, an employee of a club, district or other Rotary  entity or of Rotary International, or a spouse, lineal descendant, a spouse of a lineal descendant, or an  ancestor of any living Rotarian or Rotary employee; 
    • District Grant Funds should not be used for existing projects, or used to reimburse  applicants for projects already initiated or  completed, or fund the operational expenses of  another organization; 
    • District Grant Funds must not be used to fund the on-going projects of a Rotary club or district.  (This does not preclude the replication of successful projects that will benefit additional communities or extended to new groups of people);
    • District Grants shall not provide continuous or excessive support of any one beneficiary, entity or community;
    • District Grants should be sustainable;


Qualify: Clubs and districts must be qualified. Read and Review: Qualifying for a Grant (PDF)

Execute: Memorandum of Understanding: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) PDF

Execute: Terms and Conditions: Projects must meet the eligibility requirements described in the Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation Grants. Download and execute: Terms and Conditions of District and Global Grants (PDF)

Execute: Conflicts of Interest Policy (PDF)

Apply: Complete online District Grant Application (see below). April 30, 2021 is the application deadline. There will be no exceptions.  Upload a scanned copy of club executed MOU and COI from above, to the documents section of the grant application. To get started, please review the how-to video:  Access Grant Module. You will find other how-to videos on the Grants Overview page referenced in the video.

Make: Final Report:  Clubs must submit a final report to the District upon expenditure of the grant funds and completion of the project. Receipts for expenditures including final bank statement must be included with the report. Receipts and statements should be scanned and uploaded when completing the final report on the DACdb website, grants tab.  District grants must be completed and final reports submitted by April 1st, of the Rotary year in which the grant was received.

RESOURCE:  District Grant Seminar – Video (Note: use Zoom passcode $+DuC4c.)

RESOURCE:  District 6970 Financial Management Plan (PDF)

  Applying for a District Grant

District grant applications are submitted through DACdb. Click the icon at left to connect to DACdb.

Once logged in, you will see tabs across the top. Click the “My Club” tab.
You will see several icons on the page. Click the “Grants” icon.

On the grants page, there will be a menu on the left side of the page.  Not only is there some great information, but there is a “Club Grants View” link. Click it.
Make sure the year, at the top of the page, is 2022-23.  If not, click the “Change OrgYear” button at the top, and set the year to 2022-23.

Global grants support large, multi-year international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the seven Areas of Focus.  They can fund projects, vocational training teams or post graduate studies – or a combination thereof – but must have minimum budget of $30,000.

Humanitarian Grants

Humanitarian projects supporting the goals of one or more of the Seven Areas of Focus

Scholar Grants

Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies that relate to one or more of the Seven Areas of Focus

Vocational Training Team Grants

Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals traveling abroad either to learn more about their profession or teach local professionals about a particular field within the Seven Areas of Focus

Global grants must:

  • Be an international partnership between a Rotary club or district in the country where the activity takes place and a Rotary club or district outside of that country

  • Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent

  • Download: Sustainability Guidelines

  • Include measurable goals that are demonstrated through progress reports

  • Align with one of our Seven Areas of Focus

  • Respond to real community needs

  • Include active participation from both Rotarians and community members

  • Have a minimum budget of US$ 30,000

  • Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions

  • Download: Terms and Conditions of District and Global Grants

The Seven Areas of Focus
1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
2. Disease prevention and treatment
3. Water and sanitation
4. Maternal and child health
5. Basic education and literacy
6. Economic and community development
7. Supporting the Environment

Global Grant Funding

Global grants are funded with a combination of District Designated Funds or cash contributions and matching funds from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. The World Fund matches 100% of District Designated Funds and/or 50% of cash contributions.

Qualifying for a Global Grant

The Rotary Foundation accepts global grant applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Before a district or club can apply for a grant, it has to complete the qualification process.

The qualification process makes sure each district and club understands their financial responsibilities, including stewardship, and is prepared to take on these new responsibilities.

Becoming qualified is simple. For clubs to become qualified each year, they need to:

  • Agree to the club qualification MOU (the club’s president and president-elect must sign)

  • Download, Execute and Submit: Memorandum of Understanding

  • Send at least one member to a grant management seminar

  • Complete any additional requirements of their individual district

Applying for a Global Grant

  • Once the club or district qualifies it can apply online for a global grant.

  • Download, Execute and Submit: Global Grant Application

Global Grant Scholarships are for graduate-level academic studies for individuals who are pursuing a career in one of the seven Areas of Focus.   District Grant scholars can be for either graduate our undergraduate studies and do not need to be within the seven areas of focus.

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs.

Included in the Global Grants Program are scholarships for graduate-level academic studies.

Listed below are all of the materials you will need to prepare an application for a Rotary Global Grants Scholarship. 


Every year Rotary awards up to 100 full scholarships for master’s-level degrees or a professional certificate in peace and conflict studies at six Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  Rotary World Peace Fellows participate in The Rotary Foundation’s mission of improving health, supporting education, and alleviating poverty.

Rotary Peace Centers

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Watch Video

Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,400 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Our fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

For more Rotary Peace Center information, CLICK HERE 

Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. Benefits of VTTs VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training. Activities vary from one team to the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.


  • DISTRICT GRANT – Activities support The Rotary Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill and peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty
  • GLOBAL GRANT – Activities must align with one or more areas of focus, build the capacity of either the team members or the benefiting community, and have a sustainable and measurable impact. The VTT must be sponsored by Rotary clubs or districts from two countries. The grant may support the travel of more than one team.

Team composition

  • DISTRICT GRANT – The district may determine the composition of the team to include Rotarians and non-Rotarians of any age.
  • GLOBAL GRANT – Teams must consist of at least two members (either Rotarians or non-Rotarians) with at least two years each of professional experience in the designated areas of focus and a Rotarian leader who has expertise in the area of focus, international experience, and general Rotary knowledge. In certain cases, the Foundation may grant permission to designate a nonRotarian as team leader. There are no restrictions on the age of participants.

Length of the visit

  • DISTRICT GRANT – Determined by the sponsors.
  • GLOBAL GRANT – Determined by the sponsors.


  • DISTRICT GRANT – Determined by the sponsors.
  • GLOBAL GRANT – At least US$ 30,000

Finding an International Partner

Foundation staff members do not assist districts in finding partners for VTTs. Rotarians are encouraged to identify needs and find partners through Rotary Ideas or by developing relationships at international Rotary meetings or project fairs.


Find more information about DISTRICT and GLOBAL grants at