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 a grant qualification training for the grant year by at least one Club member. 
  • All Grant Reporting Current on Matching, Global and District Grants.
  • Club per capita giving to the Annual Fund and PolioPlus combined of at least $50 in the year before the qualification year.
  • Executed Club Qualification Memorandum of Understanding for the year
  • Confirmation of the Club’s most current filing of IRS Form 990 or its equivalent.
Send confirmations to Hugh Radke hradke@tymeins.com or call 303-268-2149.
 
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 - Effective January 1, 2017
  • 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
  • Club funds will be matched $1 to $1 with District Designated Funds (DDF).  In addition, Club funds are matched $ .50 to $1 by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and DDF are matched $1 to $1 by TRF.
  • Global Grant Applications will be allocated DDF on a first come/first served basis until all DDF reserved for Global Grants are exhausted.
  • Club Limit:  For the Rotary Year, the maximum amount of DDF that each Club may request for Global Grants in a year is $15,000.  This limit applies whether the Club is the lead Club or a contributing Club.
  • Project Limit:  The maximum DDF that will be allocated to each Global Grant Project are:
  • $15,000 if there is one Club
  • $20,000 if there are two Clubs
  • $25,000 if there are three are more Clubs
Rotary Grant Scholarships
 
Each year, the District submits two candidates to RI for consideration for a Rotary Scholarship Global Grant 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.  TRF 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 RI for consideration.  The scholarships are awarded for study in the following academic year.