Foundation Grants Explained


Photo Caption: David Gorman in full flight, as PDGs John Davis and Jim Studebaker re-gather their thoughts.

On Monday 24th September, 2012, there was a well-attended Rotary Foundation Seminar at Graduate House.

Over eighty Rotarians enjoyed an informative and interactive evening on recent changes to Rotary Foundation Grants. Past District Governor John Davis and his team clearly described the processes foe securing District Grants for local and international projects, and for Global Grants.

The subjects discussed included:

  • How to qualify your club to apply for a Foundation Grant
  • District Grants ($1,000 to $4,000) What they are, and how to apply
  • How Grants are financed by club funding to the Annual Program Fund
  • Global Grants, and  how to build a Global Grant Humanitarian Project
  • The importance of the Global Grant Scoping Document
  • Elements of a successful Global Grant submission
  • The Resources of the District Foundation Subcommittee
  • How to submit your Global Grant application online
  • The Rotary Foundation approval process
  • Managing your Global Grant project, Periodic reporting, and Grant project completion and closure
  • The changes to Post Graduate Scholarships

PDG Jim Studebaker, Garth Symington and David Gorman each described a section and assisted in answering questions as they arose, and Bernie McIntosh described the need to continue our contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Michael Dowling wound up the evening by describing Melton Valley RC’s range of cakes and puddings available to raise money for Rotary Clubs and the Rotary Foundation.

Clubs and Foundation Chairmen are now fully aware of how the District team is available and willing to help process grant applications: the well-informed audience enjoyed a snack and informal discussions before breaking up.

Students arrive at Ak’Tenamit’s school.

Students arrive at Ak’Tenamit’s school. Ak’Tenamit, accessible only by boat, is a community development project along the Rio Dulce in eastern Guatemala, supported by Rotary clubs, districts, and Rotary Foundation Matching Grants. The school, a 24-hour clinic, dental missions, and restaurants that serve as practical classrooms benefit surrounding communites in Izabal as well as Q’eqchi’ Maya students from all over the country.

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