District 5450 Rotary Grants Overview
 
Club Qualification for Sponsoring Rotary Grants
A District 5450 Club that sponsors a Global Grant or District Grant must be “qualified” before the grant application can be approved.  Club qualification is renewed annually and requires:
  • Attendance at grant qualification training for the Rotary year of the grant by at least one Club member. 
  • All Grant Reporting Current on Global and District Grants.
  • Executed Club Qualification Memorandum of Understanding for the year
  • Confirmation of the Club’s most current filing of IRS Form 990 or its equivalent.
  • In addition, the District continues to encourage all Clubs to donate at least $50 per capita to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund or PolioPlus in the previous year. The District is considering new guidelines for Rotary Grants that reflect giving to the Rotary Foundation in some way.  The guidelines will be announced later in the year.
Send executed copies of the Memorandum of Understanding to Hugh Radke at hradke@tymeins.com or call 303-268-2149.  Confirmation of the Club’s filing of IRS documents should now be sent to Betsy Alexander at treasurerD5450@aol.com
 
District Grants
District Grants are humanitarian projects, either local or international, that meet TRF and District guidelines. A District Grant:
  • Meets a need identified by an underserved community.
  • Is a Rotary project, with signage and publicity; not the project of another organization.
  • Has all Grant funds under the control of Rotarians.
  • Does not incur expenses or begin until the Grant Application has been approved.
  • Has hands-on involvement by the sponsoring Rotarians at the project site or, in the case of an international project, hands-on involvement by a partner Rotary Club in the project area.
  • Is designed to be completed by the end of the Rotary year.
  • More detail is included in the District Grant Application form.
District Grant Funding 
  • Club funds will be matched $1 to $1 with DDF up to the limits below.  District Grants do not receive additional matching funds from TRF.
  • The DDF pool for District Grants is separate from that for Global Grants.  Approved District Grant applications will be awarded DDF until their DDF pool is exhausted.
  • Club limits apply separately to local and international projects. The maximum DDF available to a Club is $3,500 for local projects and separately $3,500 for international projects.
  • Project Limit:  The maximum DDF that may be requested for each District Grant is:
  • $3,500 if there is only one Club
  • $4,500 if there are two Clubs
  • $6,000 if there are three or more Clubs
    The District has also adopted a provision for a District 5450 Club to get up to $500 in DDF through “sweat equity” participation in a District Grant in lieu of a cash contribution.  A District Grant is permitted up to $1,000 in sweat equity DDF.  More detail about that is included in the Grant Application form.
Global Grants
Global Grants are international projects jointly sponsored by a Rotary Club in the project country—the Host Club—and an International Rotary Club.  RI expects that the Host Club be the primary driver and implementer of the Grant.  A Global Grant:
  • Must be in one of the Six Areas of Focus.
  • Meets a well-defined need identified jointly by an underserved community and the Host Rotary Club.
  • Is a Rotary project, with signage and publicity; not the project of another organization
  • Has all Grant funds under the control of Rotarians, in the project country if possible
  • Has hands-on involvement by the Host Rotarians at the project site
  • Has participation by the International Rotarians as well
  • Is a large, generally multi-year project, with a minimum of $35,000 in funding.
  • Receives a match of District DDF plus funds from TRF’s World Fund.
  • Does not begin until the Grant Application has been approved.
Global Grant Funding
In order to encourage more Global Grants sponsored in the District, there have been changes in the Funding for some Global Grants.  Note that theses changes apply only to Global Grants with a District 5450 Club as a primary sponsor.
For Global Grants with a District 5450 Primary Club, the 1 to 1 match is increased to a 1.5 to 1 match.  This increase will not apply to a match for a Global Grant whose international sponsor is a Club in another District.  The limit for this new match will be based on the cash contribution of the Club and will apply effective immediately for any Global Grant not yet approved by the Rotary Foundation:
 
New Global Grant Match for grants sponsored by District 5450 Clubs:
For grants with a D5450 International sponsor, 1.5 to 1 match on cash up to:
  • $15,000 cash contribution if there is one Club ($22,500 in DDF)
  • $20,000 cash contribution if there are two Clubs ($30,000 in DDF)
  • $25,000 cash contribution if there are three are more Clubs ($37,500 in DDF)
Global Grant Match for grants sponsored by non-District 5450 Clubs:
1 to 1 match on cash up to:
  • $15,000 cash contribution if there is one Club ($15,000 in DDF)
  • $20,000 cash contribution if there are two Clubs ($20,000 in DDF)
  • $25,000 cash contribution if there are three are more Clubs ($25,000 in DDF)
Global Grant Applications will be allocated DDF on a first come/first served basis until all DDF reserved for Global Grants are exhausted. In addition, Club funds are matched $ .50 to $1 by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and DDF are matched $1 to $1 by TRF.
 
Creation of Sue Fox Memorial Supplemental Grant
The District desires to honor Rotarian Sue Fox for her significant role in creating a partnership between Rotary and the Peace Corps.  To do this, the District will offer each year a $5,000 supplemental Grant to a District 5450 Rotary Club. The grant will help fund a Global or International District Grant that includes active participation of a Peace Corps Volunteer at the project site. 
 
The grant will be in addition to other funding and not subject to any District 5450 funding limits.   The District will post details about the grant and a simple application on the District website.  Applications may be submitted each Rotary year through March 31; the awarding of the grant will be at the sole discretion of the District leadership.
 
Rotary Grant Scholarships
Each year, the District submits two candidates to Rotary International for consideration for a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship of $30,000 for graduate study.  Candidates must study in one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus and demonstrate that their work history and career plans align with their Area of Focus.  Rotary International makes the final decision regarding the candidates.
 
Clubs are encouraged to identify potential candidates and direct them to the District website for more information.  Preliminary applications are required in early October, with interviews in December.  Selection of scholarship candidates is made soon after for submission to Rotary International for consideration.  The scholarships are awarded for study in the following academic year.