Clubs can participate in Rotary Foundation District and Global Grants through engagement with District 7080 Foundation Committee which administers certain parts of the grant process on behalf of The Rotary Foundation.
Each year The Rotary Foundation makes available to District 7080 a portion of the contributions that Rotarians and Clubs in District 7080 made to the Annual Fund of the Foundation three years prior. This amount is up to 50% of those contributions and is called the District Designated Fund (DDF). These funds are earmarked by the Foundation for use by the clubs in District 7080 to assist in the clubs service projects by providing matching funds for both local and international service projects.
District Grants
A portion of the DDF can be allocated to District Grants for use in the Rotary Year that it is provided by the Foundation. District Grants are designed to support smaller scale projects and programs that can be local or international. They are not intended to replace club fundraising or club charitable distributions. Details as to the dollar amounts and timing of the District Grant process can be found in the District 7080 Foundation Policies which is listed in the files section of this page.
In order for a club to receive District Grant funding it will have had a member attend that year’s Foundation Qualification Training, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the current year and applied using the online District Grant Module
Global Grants
The balance of DDF not allocated to District Grants along with any unused DDF from prior years can be used for the District’s share of funding Global Grants. These grants are designed to support larger scale humanitarian programs that involve Rotary Clubs in at least two parts of the world. District 7080 clubs are usually involved in Global Grants as an International Partner with the clubs administering the implementation of the program being the Host Partner.
Should a District 7080 club wish to have Global Grant funding to support a major program in Canada it may act as a Host Partner provided it has an International Partner that will provide at least 20% of the project’s budget.
Global Grants have been established to support programs which are strategically focused, have high impact within at least one of the Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus, are sustainable and have measurable outcomes.
A number of opportunities for International Programs can be found in the file International Projects on this web page.
Global Grants funding consist of a series of matching funds. Provided that the monies are available and the program meets the criteria of the Foundation then each dollar pledged by a club is matched with a dollar from the DDF. In turn each dollar pledged by the club is matched by $0.50 by The Rotary Foundation. In addition each DDF dollar is matched by another dollar by the Foundation. Thus $1 put into a program by a club grows to $3.50 in the program’s budget.
The Global Grant application is done online through It is a two-step process where first the sponsors have the opportunity to see if the program meets the Foundation’s criteria for funding prior to the second step when all details needed for a formal application are provided by the two partners.
Significantly more detail on Global Grants can be found on The Rotary Foundation website.