District Grants

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in the local community.

Who is eligible
Rotary Clubs in District 5150 who are certified by the District to manage Rotary Foundation funding (have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and have the appropriate members trained) may apply for the District Grant program.

What they support
The Rotary District 5150 District Grants Program provides funding to Rotary Clubs for local community humanitarian projects, including the Dictionary Project and scholarships to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program.

What kind of funding is available
Certified Clubs may apply for a District Grant of $800. If a Club’s District Grant project is within one of the six Rotary Areas of Focus, the Club can qualify for an additional grant of $500 (see below). The total grant could then be $1,300. Allocation of these additional grants will be on a first come, first served basis until the funds set aside have been exhausted.

How are these grants funded
DDF funding a Rotary Club uses for a District Grant will be charged against the club’s DDF allocation for Rotary Year 2015-16 (starting July 1, 2015). The additional grant of $500 will not count against the club’s Fair Share allocation. (The Rotary Foundation will match Global Grants $1 for $1 for DDF allocated to those projects, but it will not match any funds allocated to District Grants.)

From the Fair Share available to the Club, each Club may choose how much of their DDF allocation they wish to spend on an eligible District Grant project and/or reserve for Global Grants. The limit of their Fair Share that a Club may spend on a District Grant project is $800. If a Club does not have $800 of DDF Fair Share, the District will provide the balance. This District DDF Fair Share supplement up to $800 can be used for either a District Grant or a Global Grant. 

To be considered, your Rotary Club must contribute an amount equal to at least 25% of the grant amount you are requesting. For example, if your club is requesting $800, the club must contribute at least $200 to the project.

How to apply
Applications for District Grants are due by May 31, 2015. Only Clubs certified to administer Rotary Foundation funds (have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and have the appropriate members trained) may apply to use their DDF funds for a District Grant. 

Grant requirements
All projects must be hands-on, local community, projects done by members of your Rotary Club and completed by May 1, 2016. If a club fails to submit the Final Report timely, there will be no District Grant available to the club for the following Rotary Year. The Club will also be precluded from receiving a Memorandum of Understanding for the 2016-17 Rotary year until the report is submitted and accepted.

Grant projects
Check back for a list of District Grant projects funded by District 5150 in 2015-2016.