District Grants


District Grants may be used for local community or international projects. They are intended for projects with a budget between $500 and $5,000. They do not require an international partner, but they do require hands-on Rotarian involvement.

Our Requirements


Promote Awareness of Rotary

District grants are designed to promote awareness of Rotary. These grants must benefit at least six people, except in the case of scholarships, and provide a service to persons in need or be for a humanitarian purpose.

Standalone Projects

District grants are not intended to fund on-going or existing projects of a Rotary club or district. Nor should they be used to reimburse applicants for projects already initiated or completed, or to fund the operational expenses of another organization.

Fund Management & Stewardship

District grant projects must adhere to the fund management and stewardship guidelines as agreed in the Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and be short term in nature.


Country Restrictions

District grants may be carried out in any country, including non-Rotary countries, with the exception of Iran and North Korea or any other countries added to this list by The Rotary Foundation’s governing body.

Benefiting Groups, Not Individuals

District grants must not provide direct benefit to a Rotarian, an employee of a club, district or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International, a spouse or lineal descendant of a Rotarian, the spouse of a lineal descendant, or an ancestor or any living Rotarian or Rotary employee.


The District Grant Application Form must be completed and submitted to the District Grants Chair between July 1 and October 31. The maximum request is $2,500.

Clubs will be notified as soon as their request has been approved and work on any project may commence thereafter.

Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis by District 5100 after the District 5100 Block Grant has been received from The Rotary Foundation.

If an application is withdrawn, the earmarked funds will be returned to the grant pool and further applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all District 5100 Block Grant Funds have been expended.

Matching & Reporting

Rotary clubs with $100 per capita giving to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation over each of the past two years will receive a district to club funding match of 1:1. Clubs giving less than $100 per capita, will receive a district to club funding match of 0.5:1.

All projects must be completed, and a final report submitted within 12 months of approval or within 30 days of the completion of the project. Further requests for grant funding will not be accepted until the final report has been submitted. Failure to submit a report in a timely manner may result in the club being required to reimburse District 5100 the allocated District Grant funds.

Nancy Docekal

Nancy Docekal

District Grant Chair