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Here are efficient links to D5100 and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) websites, so you can learn more about District 5100 and  Humanitarian Grants. Here are web pages that tell you about the most common types of humanitarian grants in Rotary:

  • District Simplified Grants (DSG) – up to $2000 per club, for local or international projects, readily available.  Here is District page, and a  TRF page.
  • Matching Grants (MG), typically ranging from $15K to $58K total project value (with Club funds from $5,000 to $16,000).
  • Pilot Districts under Future vision – these are districts we cannot do Matching Grants with.

FAQ’s and Tools:

  • Calculations – Want to have the math figured for you on a MG?  Then use this MG Calculator – it’s an Excel spreadsheet – you plug in club dollars, or project budget, and it calculates the rest.   Slick!  We use it frequently. Here is one for 3-H Grants [still looking for this one].
  • Foreign Currency – You’ll want to be careful to show the foreign currency for project costs, then use proper exchange rates recognized by TRF.
  • Checklist - as you get to know the host club, the project, and ask questions, use this D5100 WCS Project Checklist developed by our committee. Checking out most of these things will save you lots of time, confusion and misunderstanding.
  • Eligibility - Which things are eligible for MG’s or DSG’s or 3-H Grants – and which are not? Read guidelines here for all three types.
  • Powerpoint explanations – on How to Apply for MG or Apply for DSG.   Here’s a free powerpoint viewer.
  • The life cycle for a typical MG will help you understand the process, start to finish.

Forms and Manuals:

TRF Staff can help, if someone on our Committee or District can’t provide you answers or assistance.

Shared Values and Guiding Principles:

Whether here in the States, or abroad, Rotarians around the world share the Object of Rotary, Avenues of Service, and the Four Way Test – all shown here. And we subscribe to the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions. Detailed conduct, protocol, polices and procedures of RI and TRF are found in the Code of Policies.

Financial Info on TRF:

Where does money in The Rotary Foundation (TRF) come from? How is it spent? Here are some simple charts. There are easy ways to contribute to The Rotary Foundation, like the common 1-2-3 form. and different types of recognition now and in future when you do … plus you’ll have the knowledge your money is changing the lives of many less fortunate around the world.

The SHARE Program:

When we contribute to TRF, funds are held for 3 years and investment interest helps pay for staff administration. The principal is then applied to TRF programs. At present, half of the funds we contribute to the Annual Program Fund come back (are SHARE’d with Districts) – then our District controls how these District Designated Funds (DDF) are used. Typically half or more of our DDF is committed to humanitarian grants for WCS projects.

The Present and Future:

Though history of Rotary shows it has grown for a century, The Rotary Foundation and World Community Service activity are not static – they are adapting as our times change and our world shrinks. Here is the Mission of TRF and its 5 Priorities. The Future Vision Plan for the coming 10 years with its “District Grants” and “Global Grants” is explained here. WCS and humanitarian grants will adapt also, during a 3 year pilot project.


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