Global Grants

Rotary Foundation Global Grants support large, long-term impact activities that relate to one or more of the Six Areas of Focus.

Grants encompass:

  • Humanitarian projects
  • Water Projects
  • Scholarships
  • Vocational Training

When developing grant-funded activities, successful grant projects and applications will:

  • Be sustainable (PDF) with measurable goals and outcomes
  • Meet real community needs. Community needs assessment tools are available.
  • Sponsored by two Rotary clubs or districts
  • Joint partner participation in planning and implementation, including frequent communication and shared responsibility
  • Demonstrate practice of proper stewardship of grant funds


The minimum award by The World Fund for a global grant is US$15,000. This then results in a minimum total financing of US$30,000. The World Fund award is based on a 100% match of DDF or a 50% match of cash contributions.

Business Cycle

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. A two-step online application process will be accessible via Member Access (sign-up link).


As the first step in the Global Grants process, clubs and districts that develop Global Grants must submit a Proposal. The Proposal should provide an overview of the project's activities, budget and financing, and demonstrate that the project's objectives fit into one or more of the six areas of focus.

Proposal forms must be submitted online and are available through the Member Access portal of the R.I. website. Once a Proposal has been accepted by the Foundation staff, the sponsoring clubs/districts will be invited to submit a more detailed Global Grant Application. Club and district-developed Global Grants of $100,000 or more may require Trustee approval.


Once an application has been approved by the Foundation, both sponsors have authorized the agreement, and all associated cash contributions have been received, the Foundation will issue a payment.


Reports showing measurable success of the grant activity will be due to the Foundation every 12 months from the first issued payment. A final report is due when the grant funds have been completely spent and the objectives of the activity have been met.


Clubs must qualify to participate in Rotary’s Global Grant Program. To qualify, a club member must watch four video training segments and pass a ten question quiz. Click the links below for the videos and the quiz.

  1. Part I Qualification
  2. Part II Projects
  3. Part III Application/Implementation
  4. Part IV Reporting

Qualification Quiz