General Information
 
All grant applications to district 5440 are done online through the website www.matchinggrants.org
  • For district grants, centennial 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 still done on the Rotary Foundation site.
  • Centennial grants must be for local projects.
  • This year 15 Centennial grants, called Literacy Centennial grants, will be for reserved for literacy projects.
  • There will be 3 $300 Rotaract/Interact grants offered this year.
 
Deadlines
  • June 4, 2018  District Grants
  • October 1, 2018 Centennial Grants, Literacy Centennial Grants and Rotaract/Interact Grants
  • December 3, 2018 If funds are still available, a second round of applications for District and Centennial grants will be accepted.
  • Global grant applications may be submitted at any time
 
Please watch the appropriate training video prior to applying.
 
Help with applications
  • Be sure to contact your district grants committee representative for help with your application.  To find the contact information for your representative go to the district web site at www.rotary5440.org and under the Grants/Foundation Info menu click on Grant Committee Members Contact information.  You will be asked to sign in to the web site first.
 
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.
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.
Centennial Grant Eligibility:  Rotary and Rotaract Clubs wishing to apply for a Centennial 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 Centennial 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 are eligible to apply for a District Scholarship grant.  There will be one scholarship grant for each of the six scholarship regions in the district and will be limited to $2,000 each.
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 December 1st 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 Centennial grants for the first 3 years of the club’s existence without meeting the per capita giving requirements.