Type of Funding





Rotary members who are interested in applying for global grants or developing more effective and sustainable service projects can apply for the Rotary Global Grants through their district or country Rotary Clubs. Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus, which are:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education and
  • Growing local economies.

Global grants will only fund the following:

  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies and
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves

Clubs and districts that apply for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team will have to conduct a community assessment first and include the results in their grant application. The grant activities must be supported by the benefiting community and led by Rotary members, and they must have measurable results and an impact that will continue after the grant funds have been spent.


The minimum budget for a global grant project is US$30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of US$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 100 percent and cash is matched at 50 percent.


International partnerships are required for global grant applications. To apply for a global grant, 2 or more Rotary clubs must work together:

  • The host sponsor is the partner in or near the community that’s implementing the project.
  • The international sponsor works with the host sponsor, but it should be located outside of the host sponsor’s country.

Both the district or club in the country where the activity is carried out and the international partner district or club must first become qualified before applying for a global grant.

The project must:

  • Have a long-term, sustainable impact: To make the project sustainable, it should have the following features: 1) start with the community 2) encourage local ownership 3) provide training 4) buy local 5) find local funding and 6) measure the success.
  • Include activities that clearly fit into 1 of the abovementioned Rotary’s areas of focus.
  • Invest at least US$30,000 within a community.
  • Address an important need identified by the community itself.
  • Strengthen the community’s capacity to meet its own needs.
  • Actively involves Rotarians and community members.


Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed as they are received. However, sponsoring clubs and districts must submit their applications by 30 June each year to the Rotary Foundation for scholars who will begin studies in August, September, or October.

If the project involves international travel, applications must be submitted at least 90 days before it begins.

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