What are District Grants?
District Grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in both your local community and communities worldwide. Each District chooses which projects it will fund with these grants.
- You can use District Grants to fund a variety of activities, including:
- Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
- Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
- Vocational training of any team size or timespan
How much is available in District 5300 for District Grants?
- Total District Designated Funds (DDF) available to District 5300 for 2017-2018 is approximately $177,000.
- District 5300 will request from TRF the full 50% of DDF that is allowed for District Grants or $88,000
- $10,000 of the District Grant will be used to offer two $5,000 scholarships.
- $5,000 for GCE (Group Cultural Exchange) formerly known as GSE
- $8,000 is reserved for other District Projects and the second allocation described below
- $69,000 of the District Grant will be allocated to clubs to fund their District Grants projects.
How is the $67,000 available to clubs allocated?
- The allocation to clubs will be based on the clubs’ giving to the Annual Programs Fund in the prior three full Rotary years.
- The average three-year giving will be compared to the total and a percentage calculated.
- The percentage calculated will be multiplied towards the total $65,000 allocation to determine the club share.
- If the club share is less than $250 that amount will be rounded to zero with these exceptions:
- Newly-chartered clubs will be allocated a minimum of $250 in each of their first three years.
- Clubs contributions during the 2014-15 Rotary year will be allocated a minimum of $250.
What projects are eligible for a District Grant?
- An eligible club project will be a new project to the club or an expansion of a past project (e.g. last year the club purchased dictionaries for 3rd graders at School A. This year, the project has been expanded to purchase dictionaries for 3rd graders at School A and School B.).
- The project must be’ hands-on’. Meaning active Rotarian involvement.
- The project may be local or international.
- The parameters for District Simplified Grants as set out in the Terms and Conditions by The Rotary Foundation will apply to Club District Grants.
- Clubs are encouraged to collaborate on projects.
- Eligible projects can include Scholarships, GCE trips or VTT trips.
- The amount received by the club from the District Grant is not a match. The entire funding for the project may come from the District Grant amount.
- The grant award amount comes to the club as a reimbursement for funds spent on an eligible project or activity.
What is the Qualification Process?
- A club must be qualified to receive a grant. Qualification requires:
- Attendance at the annual District Grants Management seminar by at least two club members.
- The Club President (2017-18) and Club President Elect (2018-19) must sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
- The club must be current on all prior grant reporting.
- The club’s members must have contributed to the TRF Annual Programs Fund in the prior full Rotary Year (2014-15).
- The club must have submitted its Foundation Giving Goals to TRF electronically by June 1, 2017.
How Do I Apply for a District Grant?
- The club must submit a Club District Grant Proposal via DaCdb to the District 5300 District Grants Chair by September 30, 2017.
- When funds from TRF are received by District 5300, the District 5300 Foundation Treasurer will hold those funds in the Grants Bank Account.
- Funds will be disbursed to clubs as a reimbursement when the club submits its final report on the project to the District 5300 District Grants Chair through DaCdb.
- All projects must be completed and reports received by April 1, 2018.
Who do I contact for more information?
Michael Soden, District Grants Chair, 2017-18