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.  Make sure that at least two members of your club attend one of the Grant Management Seminars (listed below) - this is required to qualify for a District Grant.
Step 2.  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 3.  Carefully read and review the District Grant Guidelines.
Step 4.  Submit District Grant application online at RotaryGrants.org. (detailed instruction included in District Grant Guidelines).
Step 5.  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 6.  The club follows the electronic signatures process from RotaryGrants.org.  Both the current club president and the
               president elect must sign electronically.
Step 7.  District approval process.
Step 8.  Funds will be released to the clubs for all approved projects.   This will be done through electronic bank transfer.
Step 9.  Club completes the project.
Step 10.  Club submits a final report to RotaryGrants.org.
  1. The deadline for submitting funding requests for the 2024-2025 Rotary year is May 31st, 2024.  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
  Contact for More Information:
         District Grants Administrator: Caleb Lowe. (executiveservices@rotary5495.org)
Grant Management Seminars
GMS is REQUIRED by The Rotary Foundation to qualify for Global Grants and District Grants.
For a club to qualify for grant funds in the Rotary year 2024-25, at least two club members must have attended GMS. See all qualification requirements posted below.
Who should attend? It is recommended that the club’s Chair for The Rotary Foundation and
President-Elect attend. Please note: A Club can send as many participants as desired!
What will be learned: This 3-hour seminar will cover the responsibilities for grant stewardship, the application process, and reporting requirements. The seminar will also help a club start planning early for a District Grant.  A District Grant provides additional funds for a club’s local/community projects in 2024-25.  A club can apply for a District Grant between Feb 1st and May 31st, 2024.
No cost to attend this seminar! 

* Saturday 1-4 p.m. March 9, 2024


Glendale Elementary School District
System of Care Center
7677 W. Bethany Home Road
Glendale, AZ 85303


* Wednesday,  March 13 at 5:00 PM Zoom

Registration required for credit (I will send a registration link from Eventbrite)

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Meeting ID 82249107439

Passcode 51742

* Saturday, March 23 at district CLA Registration for CLA required

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