Important updates about Rotary grants
Dear Governors, Governors-elect and District Rotary Foundation Committee Chairs:
I am writing to share some updates about Rotary grants. The Rotary Foundation Trustees met last month and made the following decisions:
- Expanded eligibility for district grants. Effective immediately, district grants can now fund youth programs (including Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, Rotaract, or Interact), construction (including low cost shelters), travel for staff of cooperating organizations, scholar orientation seminars, grant management seminars, and activities primarily implemented by an organization other than Rotary.
- Amended area of focus definition. The Trustees updated the wording in the economic and community development area of focus definition to provide clarity. Community infrastructure projects continue to be ineligible, unless they result in a significant increase in the ability of community members to produce and distribute goods and services that create personal resources.
- Phased out packaged grants. Despite a number of successes, an evaluation of the organization’s grants and partnerships models revealed notable changes between the original goals of packaged grants and the actual experience of Rotarians during the course of the pilot period and beyond. Such variation resulted in significant challenges in packaged grant implementation and scalability, as well as barriers to Rotarian participation. Therefore, the Trustees agreed to allow the current agreements for packaged grant options with the Foundation’s strategic partners to expire at the end of their current terms, ending packaged grants when all active grants are closed.
As always, more information about Rotary grants is available online at www.rotary.org/myrotary/grants.
If you have questions, email the Rotary Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all that you do to support The Rotary Foundation!
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