Grants Overview

How would you like to double your club money with a District Grant or nearly triple it with a Global Grant?
There are two types of grants:
  • Smaller (no lower limit) one-year District Grants
  • Larger ($30K minimum project size) multi-year Global Grants
District Grants:  All the information (including the application) is here on the District 5190 website.  Pertinent links are listed to the left of this page.  The District Grants are limited to one year (see “Timeline” link) and are available to qualified Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 

All grant applications are approved and funded to clubs in good standing on a first-come-first-served basis for those that are complete and meet the District and TRF requirements. These applications must be completed using the District Grants Module that can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Important notes:  When clicking “Submit a Grant Request” button, you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions.  Online applications can be entered and edited multiple times by the same Primary Contact. 
For 2021-22: The District match for a single Club grant is 1:1 up to $2000 maximum; multi-Club grants are matched 1:1.25 up to $2500 maximum with each club in the multi-Club project receiving the match. Projects may now include travel to complete a Community Needs Assessment for a Global Grant and travel to or participation in a Project Fair to find project partners, subject to RI Travel Restrictions. Maximum District matching funds for 2021-22 for all projects are $2000 (single club projects) / $2500 (multi-club projects), plus Bonus DDF Allocation. The Primary Contact (The Rotarian who fills out online application) is responsible for completing the application, overseeing the project, and submitting a timely Final Report (including receipts).  Please see D5190 Grants Policies, Timeline, Bonus DDF allocation for full details.
Bonus Allocation: Bonus Allocations are grant funds that are available to clubs based on their Annual Fund contributions in prior years.
  • Clubs may receive these Bonus DDF Allocation funds for an approved District Grant, in addition to other District Grant funding.
  • Clubs may request total District Grant matching funds up to $2000, or $2500 for multi-club projects, PLUS their Bonus DDF Allocation, to be used in any combination of projects, community needs assessment, project fairs or any other approved use.
  • Bonus DDF Allocation funds may also be used for a separate district-approved grant project with no matching funds required.
  • Grant applications may be submitted from 1 July to 31 October 2021. If it is determined on or after October 31, 2021 that there are unallocated funds available, the District will notify all Clubs of the availability of funds and that a second round of grant funding may be opened.
  • On or after October 31, 2021, any unallocated Bonus DDF Allocation will be returned to the District Grant pool of available funds. 
 The Bonus DDF Allocation plan and the funds that are available to each club are posted on the District website.

Global Grants:  These are larger, multi-year projects that require partners in two countries.  These projects must be sustainable, align with one or more of the Areas of Focus, and have measurable outcomes that meet defined needs identified by the benefitting community and reported on the Community Needs Assessment form. All global grant applications are entered in the Grant Center on the RI website. Grants may be applied for at any time by qualified Clubs following required review by the District Rotary Foundation Chair or District Grants Chair. Clubs must be in good standing to receive District matching funds. The District matches Club funds and TRF matches District funds. TRF makes the final approval of the project and tracks the reporting requirements.  Annual reports are required for the life of the project.  
RI Guide to Global Grants - May 2021 is the resource for Global Grants. 

Grants Program Requirements

Club Qualification

Clubs must be qualified to participate in the Grants Program.  
  • Club President and President-Elect must read and sign the Club Memorandum of Understanding and District 5190 Addendum,
  • President and President-Elect must be current with Grant Management Training.
    • For District Club Grants qualification ONLY: if the President Elect has not yet been selected or has not completed GMT, an additional trained member may be substituted for the PE by signing on p5 of the Club Memorandum of Understanding and District 5190 Addendum.
  • Global Grant primary sponsors must also be current with Global Grant Management Training when the grant is opened.
  • Global Grant Management Training is good for three years.
  • For participation in Global Grants, one person from the club must attend the RI Grant Management Seminar or Grant Management Recertification each year.
  • Clubs must maintain their qualification for each year through the life of the grant.
Scan signed MOU and Addendum and return by email to DRFCC Doug McDonald.  EMAIL DOUG

Grant Management Training 

Option 1 for full qualification for both District Grants and Global Grants:  
  1. Complete the Grant Management Seminar (or Grant Management Recertification) online at There are 9 modules taking about 2 hours 45 minutes. You may start and stop modules as desired.

    Click HERE for Grant Management Seminar
  2. AND Attend the online District 5190 Grant Management Training Session, 2 hours. These are scheduled once a month on the District website (see calendar). Registration required.
Option 2 for qualification for District Grants ONLY:
Attend the online District 5190 Grant Management Training Session, 2 hours. These are scheduled once a month on the District website (see calendar). Registration required.

Club in Good Standing Requirements

  • All dues and other financial commitments to Rotary International and District 5190 are current
  • Club is current with IRS tax filings
  • Club is current on all grant reports
  • Club website and social media pages are compliant with RI Branding Guidelines
  • Club has established an Annual Fund goal and recorded it in Rotary Club Central (For Rotaract Clubs when Rotary Club Central is available)


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