Global Grants


Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the seven Areas of Focus:

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

Disease prevention and treatment

We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.

Water and sanitation

We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.

Maternal and child health

Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

Basic education and literacy

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Economic and community development

We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
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Supporting the Environment

Rotary members are tackling environmental issues the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy and planning for the future.

Our Requirements



Be an international partnership between a Rotary club or district in the country where the activity takes place and a Rotary club or district outside of that country


Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent.


Include measurable goals that are demonstrated through progress reports.

Aligned Focus

Align with one of our six areas of focus.

Meet Real Needs

Respond to real community needs.

Community Participation

Include active participation from both Rotarians and community members.


Have a minimum budget of $30,000.

Fund Management & Stewardship

Global grant projects must adhere to the fund management and stewardship guidelines as agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

How do I apply?

The Rotary Foundation accepts global grant applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Before a district or club can apply for a grant, it has to complete the qualification process. Once your club is qualified, you can apply for a global grant by filling out the Global Grant Submission Form – Fillable. E-mail a completed worksheet to District Global Grant Chair Stewart Martin for review and approval of District Designated Funds (DDF) before submitting the application to Rotary International.

How are grants funded?

Global grants are funded with a combination of District Designated Funds or cash contributions and matching funds from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. The World Fund will match 100 percent of District Designated Funds and/or 50 percent of cash contributions. The minimum award amount from the World Fund is US $15,000, which means that the minimum project budget is $30,000.

Stewart Martin

Stewart Martin

Global Grants Chair