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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.
Global grants can fund these activities:
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own
A key feature of global grants is partnership, between the district or club where the activity is carried out and a district or club in another country. Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application.
To be successful, your application must:
  • Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Include measurable goals
  • Align with one of our areas of focus
  • Respond to real community needs
  • Actively involve Rotarians and community members
  • Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions
Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.
The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the World Fund matches. DDF is matched at 100% and cash is matched at 50%.
These are the Global Grants that the Rotary Club of San Ramon has helped to fund:
2012-13: Total-$7500
2013-14: Total-$5000
  • Kenya Smiles dental backpacks and training for 75 mothers and 5000 children             $2500
  • Haiti organic farming/training in hydroponics - 10,000 people in area                             $2500
2014-15: Total $6000   Many Rotary Clubs ($100K total worldwide grant)
  • Monterey Red Cross medical supplies and clinic                                                             $1000
  • India Cataract surgery (5k people and 3500 sets of glasses)                                          $2000
  • Sintaro Village hygiene supplies   (900 children and adults)                                            $3000