Through Global Grants, The Rotary Foundation matches contributions raised for international service projects in the seven areas of focus by Rotary clubs and districts in two or more countries. District 5180 may provide some District Designated Fund (DDF) for cash contribution (depends on available DDF & Grant Subcommittee Review).

For the first six months of the Rotary year, a club is able to claim their portion of DDF based on their giving to the Annual Fund three years prior.  The DDF generated by that amount of giving is divided 50:50 between World Fund and the DDF that comes to D5180.  Then D5180 makes half of that available for district grants, and half for global grants.  So, for global grants, the amount that a club can claim is one-fourth of what they gave to the Annual Fund three years prior (see DDF Allocation SS for 2022-23).

After six months, the allocation of the DDF will be decided by the Grant Subcommittee/International Service Committee.  It will depend upon how much is left after the first six months, and will probably be in the range of $1,000 to $4,000.  With the limited amount of DDF over the next two years, we can no longer match 1:1, and cannot match with $20,000 to $30,000 as we did in 2021-22.

The Primary Contact person (POC) and all committee members have to be trained by completing the 10-module Grant Management Seminar on RI's Learning Center, printing the Diploma, and sending it to the Grant Subcommittee Chair.  In subsequent years, requalification is accomplished by completing the single Grant Management Recertification module.

Applications are made online year round.  All Rotary Foundation grants require the highest attention to stewardship. Progress reports must be submitted at least every 12 months for the life of the project. A final report is due within two months of the full expenditure of funds.

Global grant proposals must be submitted to the Grant Subcommittee Chair, along with their Community Assessment, for review prior to be submitting to TRF.  This review is intended to speed up the processing of global grants.  Any global grants that do not go through this process will not be approved by the Foundation Chair, nor by the District Governor (and will not receive DDF).  Although the District Foundation Chair (and the District Governor, if DDF is involved) authorize grant applications prior to submission, TRF has final approval on all global grant applications.

For additional information concerning Global Grants, contact Jamie Furlough at


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