General Information
 
All grant applications to district 5440 are done online through the website www.matchinggrants.org
  • For district grants, governor’s grants and Rotaract/Interact grants, the complete application is done on www.matchinggrants.org
  • For global grants, the proposal to request funds from the district is done on www.matchinggrants.org  The grant application is done on the Rotary Foundation site.
  • Governor’s grants must be for local projects undergraduate scholarships or RYLA scholarships.
 
Deadlines
  • June 8, 2020  District Grants
  • October 15, 2020 Governor’s Grants, Governors grant scholarships, and Rotaract/Interact Grants
  • October 15, 2020 All conditions specified by the grants committee after reviewing your project as indicated in the History Log must be met or the funds will be released for other projects
  • October 15, 2020 If funds are still available, a second round of applications for District and Governor’s grants will be accepted.
  • December 1, 2020 all second round applications for District and Governor’s must be entered on matchinggrants.org
 
District and Governor’s grants
  • See District Grant Policy below for maximum grant amounts and the number of grants per year.
 
Global grants
  • To be eligible for $5,000 in DDF for a global grant a club must have contributed at least $50/capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund in the previous Rotary year.
  • To be eligible for the maximum amount of DDF specified for the year (as indicated below), a club must have contributed at least $100/capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund in the previous Rotary year.
  • The maximum amount of DDF per club and per project before December 1 is $10,000 for non COVID projects, and $15,000 for COVID projects.  After December 1, clubs can apply for an additional $5,000 in DDF for existing projects or $10,000 DDF for new projects.
  • Global grant applications may be submitted at any time
 
Please review the grant training videos prior to applying for a grant
 
Help with applications
  • If you have any questions regarding grants please submit them to district5440grants@gmail.com
 
District Grant Policy
Effective July 1, 2018
Purpose:  to give guidance to the District Grants Chair and to Rotary Clubs throughout the district regarding eligibility for district grants.   With the amount of money available varying from year to year, and in some cases being fairly restricted, this policy provides a more equitable basis for the distribution of available district grant money, while encouraging Rotarians to contribute more to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club Eligibility for District Grants:  To provide a more equitable distribution of available funds, there are now three tiers of Rotary Club eligibility for District Grants as follows:
  • Tier 1 – Clubs who contribute $200 or more per capita to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund will be eligible for $6,000. 
  • Tier 2 – Clubs who contribute between $100 and $199 per capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund will be eligible for $5,000.
  • Tier 3 – Clubs who contribute between $50 and $99 per capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund will be eligible for $3,500.
  • Tier 4 - Clubs who contribute less than $50 per capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund will not be eligible for district grants or governor’s grants.
Rotaract Club Eligibility for District Grants: For Rotaract clubs to be eligible they must meet the following two criteria:
  • 50% of the members must be dual members with Rotaract and Rotary.
  • The club contribution to the RI foundation must be $50 per capita or more.
NOTE: Eligible Rotary and Rotaract clubs can submit a combined total of two district grant applications per year limited to the Rotary Club’s Tier level. Satellites are considered part of a Rotary Club and are included in the two-grant limit.  The District will match club funds 2 for 1 up to this limit.
Governor’s Grant Eligibility:  Rotary and Rotaract Clubs wishing to apply for a Governor’s grant must be contributing $50 or more per capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund to be eligible for a $1,000 grant
NOTE: Eligible Rotary and Rotaract clubs can submit a combined total of two Governor’s Grant applications per year limited to $1,000.  Satellites are considered part of a Rotary Club and are included in the two-grant limit.  The District will match club funds 2 for 1 up to the annual published limit.
District Scholarship Grant:  Rotary Clubs in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 may use their Governor’s Grant for an undergraduate scholarship for a student who has demonstrated interest in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus or for RYLA scholarships.
Rotaract/Interact Grants:  Rotaract and Interact Clubs can apply for a Rotaract/Interact grant limited to $300 per grant from the district if the District Governor has set aside money for Rotaract/Interact Grants.  The District will match club funds 2 for 1 up to this limit.
All contribution requirements will be based on the previous year’s contribution as reported by The Rotary Foundation on July 1st of each year.
If funds are remaining after October 15th of any given year, the District will accept additional applications regardless of the number of grants submitted earlier.
All grant applications are to be submitted on www.matchinggrants.org in the name of the sponsoring Rotary Club.  The type of grant requested should be noted in the Project Description.
New Club Eligibility for District Grants: Members of newly chartered Rotary clubs are encouraged to contribute to The Rotary Foundation and to participate in projects using District Grants.  New clubs are eligible to apply for Tier 3 grants and Governor’s grants for the first 3 years of the club’s existence without meeting the per capita giving requirements.