Originally posted by Scott Tarkenton

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Rotary members of District 7710 assembled at Greenwood Baptist Church in Cary to receive certification/qualification training to prepare/submit Rotary grant requests. Chris Morden, Scott Tarkenton and Erik Grunwald represented The Rotary Club of North Raleigh.

For a club to be eligible to apply for a Rotary Foundation Grant (District Grant and/or Global Grant) the club’s President-Elect and one other club member must attend a training session and gain qualification. Rotary Districts can match District Grant requests, for local or international projects, up to $2,000 per club, per grant request. Rotary International can match Global grant requests submitted in the amount of $30,000 or more. Multiple clubs can team up on grant requests to compound available grant dollars.

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs. Global grants can fund humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate-level academic studies, vocational training teams (such as the Brazilian team arriving here on November 1 – groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach or learn from local professionals).

According to the RI website, a key feature of global grants is partnership between the district or club where the activity is carried out and a district or club in another country. Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application. The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the World Fund matches. DDF is matched at 100% and cash is matched at 50%.