Humanitarian Grants Program


District 9520 is qualified to offer grants under the Humanitarian Grants program.

Clubs can now think in bigger and bolder terms and once qualified can  prepare
applications for either a District or Global grant project.

The Foundation District Grants Committee for 2015-2016 comprises:

DG Dick Wilson  (District Governor 2015/16)          Ph: 0412 003 110
PDG Bruce Richardson  (District Rotary Foundation Chair)   Ph: 0418 839 082
Carola Sanders                      Ph: 0412 632 658 
David Lloyd               Ph: 0413 625 232

Please let the District committee know if you are interested in Grants.  They are able to assist.

1. Global Grants (replaces Matching Grants)

• These are for projects over $30,000. 
• Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six areas of focus.
• Funds are matched by The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

2. District Grants (replaces District Simplified Grants)

• District grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in both your local community and communities worldwide.
• Each district gets to choose which projects it will fund with these grants.
• These are for projects under $30,000 and for Vocational Training Team projects. 
• Funds are not matched by TRF.  The District assists your project instead.

For more information about both Global and District Grants (((Click Here))).

More information can be found from our District's TRF committee (details above) or on the Future Vision pages of Rotary International's website (Click Here).

How are these Grants Funded?

• District 9520 can now access up to 50% of the District Designated Funds (DDF), in comparison to 20% DDF in the past, for District Grant projects.  These are the funds donated by Clubs to the Annual Programs Fund, 3 years earlier.  
• As in the past, District manages and allocates these funds to support District and Club-sponsored projects providing they comply with the Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation’s District Grants. 

Applications for District Grants are made  to the District 9520 Foundation Grants Committee (as above).


The Rotary Foundation has strict eligibility criteria for all Humanitarian Grants. Any club which forwards an application that is deemed ineligible will be informed immediately.

Additionally, the following factors may be considered:
• Humanitarian worthiness – is this project meeting a NEED or a WANT?
• Innovation – how does the project meet a community need?
• Rotarian Involvement – are Rotarians personally involved, or are they just handing over a cheque?
• Value of dollars spent – how many people will benefit directly and indirectly?
• Longevity – will there be a long term benefit once the project is completed?
• Club financial contribution – has the club also raised funds for the project?

How does my Club apply?

1. Read the Club Qualification MOU Worksheet and complete the Club Memorandum of Understanding.
2. District grant – read the guidelines and complete the project proposal form as a PDF or Project Proposal form as  Word
3. Global grant  - go on line at and complete the on-line registration and project proposal form.

For further information please contact Foundation Chair PDG Bruce Richardson.

Reporting Obligations:

Successful applicants are required to submit a simple report. If projects are not completed by the due date, a progress report will be required, with a final report due on project completion.
IMPORTANT: Any club that has not satisfactorily met reporting obligations on previous grants may be ineligible for the future grants.