Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Oct 02, 2018
Do you have an idea or suggestion for a global grant? If so, John Barrett, Chair of the Club’s International Service Committee, would like to hear from you.

You can see what kinds of global projects Rotary is engaged in at the Rotary Showcase, here: https://map.rotary.org/en/project/pages/project_showcase.aspx/ . Global grants are often highlighted in our monthly Rotary magazine as well.

Global Grants are made by The Rotary Foundation to support international activities within Rotary’s six Areas of Focus. The Areas of Focus, sometimes called Rotary’s Causes, are intended to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. The six Rotary Causes include promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.  

Global Grants offer clubs and districts the opportunities to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities through large-scale, international humanitarian projects, vocational training teams, and graduate and postgraduate scholarships that have sustainable, measurable outcomes. Grants to support these projects range from $30,000 to $300,000 dollars.  In 2016-17, the Foundation approved 1,260 global grants, and awarded $72.9 million in funding to support those grants.

Our most recent support of global grants have included the well-digging project in rural Honduras, and the bathroom project in rural Ecuador, both intended to reduce infant mortality and improve the lives of the village residents in those communities.

Examples of other noteworthy global grants are here.  

Our club may apply for three types of Global Grants through The Rotary Foundation (TRF): Humanitarian Global Grants, Vocational Training Teams (VTT), and Scholarships.

- Humanitarian Global Grants provide sustainable, measurable outcomes that address real community needs.

- Vocational Training Teams build skills within a community through targeted educational programs or by supporting teams of professionals who travel abroad to build their own capacity or the capacity of the community they visit.

- Rotary Scholarships fund international graduate-level study by people seeking a career within an Area of Focus.

John Barrett, Chair of the Club’s International Service Committee, or Pete Leenhouts, Chair of the Club’s Foundation Committee, can provide more information.  


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