District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.
What district grants support:
You can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:
  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
  • Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves
Applying For a District Grant
Step 1.  Review and sign the Memorandum of Understanding.  This can be signed electronically at RotaryGrants.org or a signed
              copy can be uploaded to RotaryGrants.org.
Step 2.  Carefully read and review the District Grant Guidelines.
Step 3.  Submit District Grant application online at RotaryGrants.org. (detailed instruction included in District Grant Guidelines).
Step 4.  After project submission, the application will be reviewed by the District Grants Chair and published if the club and the
              application meet all requirements.
Step 5.  The club follows the electronic signatures process from RotaryGrants.org.  Both the current club president and the
               president elect must sign electronically.
Step 6.  District approval process.
Step 7.  Funds will be released to the clubs for all approved projects.   This will be done through electronic bank transfer.
Step 8.  Club completes the project.
Step 9.  Club submits a final report to RotaryGrants.org.
  1. The deadline for submitting funding requests for the 2021-2022 Rotary year is May 31st, 2021.  Late applications will be considered only if funds are not completely allocated to projects whose applications were submitted and club qualification requirements met before the deadline. 
  2. The District Rotary Foundation Committee will meet as soon as practical after the deadline to develop a spending plan for District Grant funds.
  3. A spending plan will be posted on the District 5495 website. Funding approval will not be final until the District Grant has been approved by The Rotary Foundation.
  4. The District 5495 Grants Chair will apply for the District Grant using the approved District Spending Plan as soon as possible following the Committee's Resolution.
  Funding for approved projects will be sent to clubs as soon as funds become available from The Rotary Foundation.
  Grant Management Seminars 2021
  • All 2021 training will be on-line live webinars.
  • Dates and Registration information coming soon - check back to this page.
  Contact for More Information:
         District Grants Chair Dr. Rebecca Wilks (info@drwilks.com)
District Grants Documents Download