Dear Club Presidents,

I am pleased to inform you that theDistrict Grants (Stage 1) for Rotary year 2015-16 is now available for your application and the deadline is 28 August, 2015 (Friday).

District Grant enables our District to support local and international projects, scholarships, vocational training teams, and related travel.  In Rotary year 2015-16, total District Grants funds available is about US$113,364. US$35,000 of the District Grants has been reserved for scholarship and vocational training teams. The balance of US$78,364 isto be used in funding some district or club projects. The maximum grant per application is US$6,000 or 50% of proposed budget of the project, whichever is lower.  Please note that District Grant only supports projects which must not have started already and should be completed by 31 March 2016. The projects should also be initiated by the clubs themselves and not by a third party or other NGOs. There should be active participation by members of the clubs.

Please refer to the guidelines under the attached District Grants Application Form for 2015-16 and the attached Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation District Grants and Global Grants which is available at RI website via the following link:

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/apply-grants/grant-activities

Please do not miss out this opportunity to utilize District Grant funds to finance your projects. Though the fund available is not substantial and the competition for District Designated Fund (DDF) is strong, the whole idea of District Grant is to benefit the community and to promote Rotarian involvement in these humanitarian projects. You may also get recognition from our District and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) that in turn enhances profile of your projects.

District Grant funds come from our DDF. Your successful application of District Grant will demonstrate to your members that you do not just contribute to TRF but your own projects can also be benefited out of these contributions thus promoting Annual Giving by your members! So please work with your Community Service Director/Club Foundation Chair and start right away to plan for a good project making use of District Grant!

For any questions, please feel free to contact PP Heman Lam (at 92666618 or by e-mail hkclam@netvigator.com) or myself (at 95760003 or by e-mail vwsh8866@yahoo.com). For information, I will open the Stage 2 district grant application in due course with the deadline of 27 November 2015 (Fri) so that some clubs have more time to apply for club qualification.

We look forward to your participation.

Yours in Rotary,

PP Vinci Hon

District Grants Sub-committee ViceChair 2015-16

District Rotary Foundation Committee

District Grants Application 2015-16