District Grants

Record of Global, District,Express Grants & DDF Transfers Funded & Completed

District Grants Timeline

  • Jan - Feb

Successfully Complete Training

  • Jan - Apr

Plan & Organize Proposed Project

  • April 15th

District Grant Application Deadline

  • May 15th

District Review & Grant Approval Decision

  • July

TRF Block Grant Approval or Denial

  • August

District Distribution of Block Grant Funds to Clubs


Final Report Within 2 months of the project completion

  • April 30th

District Grant Final Report Deadline

  • May 15th

Unused Grant Funds must be returned to the District.

 District Grants Overview

District Grants are administered by the District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee and are part of a District Block Grant provided by the Rotary Foundation. Rotary International information on District Grants can be found on the District Grants page of My Rotary. This block grant can include up to 50% of the District Designated Funds (DDF) contributed by the District as Annual Funds or Endowment Fund Earnings during the Rotary Fiscal Year three years prior.

District Grants have several purposes and may include funding of local or international projects with a maximum grant request of US $5,000 for Local Grants or a maximum grant request of US $10,000 for International Grants. Grant Funds match club funds.

These projects may include:

  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts,
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study,
  • Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact,
  • 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.

District Grant Applications are submitted through the District DACdb Grants module.  The following documents provide information about the application process and application requirements. 

The Rotary Foundation Terms & Conditions for District Grants

District 5080 District Grant Terms & Conditions

Eligibility and Restriction Guidelines for Rotary Grants

Club Grants Steward Position Description

Grant Financial Management Plan (^)

District Grant Checklist - Local (^)

District Grant Checklist - International (^)

Memorandum of Understanding - Between Club and District (^)

Memorandum of Understanding - Cooperating Organization (^)

Qualification Criteria for Foundation Grants

District 5080 Online Grant Application Process

Applications for Local and International District Grants must be received no later than April 15th each year.

Several documents will need to be uploaded to the DACdb Grants Module as part of the application process (^), including:

  1. District – Club MOU – Signed by the
    • Current Year Club President,
    • Project Year Club President, and
    • Club Grant Steward
  2. Grant Financial Management Plan
  3. Completed District Grant Checklist
  4. MOUs with any cooperating organizations
  5. Any other supporting documents.

 To complete the Grant Cycle, the Final Report must be submitted through the DACdb Grants module.  This report should be submitted within two months of the project completion no later than April 30th of the following year.

Express Grants Timeline

Dec 31st

Express Grant Application Deadline

Feb 28th

Express Grant Final Report Deadline

Express Grants Overview

Express Grants are intended for clubs to use for small, local, pop-up projects that are not large enough for a District Grant and which can be completed by February 28th of the Rotary Year.  Express Grants are an extension of the District Grant process, are limited in the number available each year, and limited in the amount of each grant. These grants do not require the completion of the educational qualifications required for regular District Grants or Global Grants and do not require the use of a dedicated bank account.  Clubs may only apply for and receive ONE Express Grant per Rotary year.  Applications are e-Mailed to the Club’s designated Assistant Governor by December 31st.

Documents for the 2023-2024 Express Grants will be posted at the beginning of the new Rotary Year.  The new documents will include:

Express Grants Announcement & Guidelines 2023-2024

Express Grant Application

Express Grant Final Report

Assistant Governor and Club Assignments

Applications are submitted to the appropriate Assistant District Governor, who reviews the application and then, if acceptable, forwards it to the Express Grant Review Committee.

Global Grants

Rotary Clubs in the District (International Club) initiate and manage Global Grants in partnership with a Rotary Club(s) in a foreign country (Host Club).

Global Grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 comprised of a combination of Club Funds, District Funds and Foundation funds. The maximum contribution of RI Foundation Funds that may be awarded is $400,000. Global Grants are applied for and administered on the RI Foundation website in the Rotary Grant Center. Specific information related to Grant Resources can be found on the Rotary Foundation Website – Rotary Grant Resources link.

Requests for District Designated Funds (DDF) must be submitted to the District Rotary Foundation Chair prior to the completion of the application. A DDF Request Memorandum of Understanding is required to complete this request.

Qualification Criteria for Foundation Grants

To qualify for a District 5080 or Global Grant award, members of a Club must complete specific education each year. This education will vary depending upon the type of grant being considered.

Both Global and District Grants require the Primary Contact, an Alternate Contact and the Club’s Grants Steward to complete the required training each year.

Please be sure to designate your Club's Grants Steward as a designated position in your roster of member positions.

Global Grant training is available from the Rotary Learning Center and requires the completion of the Grant Management Seminar or the Grant Management Recertification course for those who have previously completed the Grant Management Seminar.

District Grant training is required and available each year and Rotarian qualification is monitored by the District Foundation Steward and District Grants Sub-Committee Chair. Each year, the District conducts live in-person training sessions, online virtual training sessions and makes available a video of the training session.  A Rotarian who wished to become qualified must participate in one of these training sessions or watch the video, followed by the completion of a quiz with a passing score of 80% or higher.

The District Grant Training video is available on the Foundation Education & Training page.

Upon completion of the video review, please contact the District Grants Sub-Committee Chair to request a link to the online quiz to complete the qualification training process.

The District Grants Sub-Committee Chairs are:

2022-2023                                           2023-2024

Jim Feeney                                          M Karen Cook
Columbia Center Rotary                   Coeur d’Alene Sunrise
jim@feeney.com                                mkarencook26@gmail.com


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