2019-20 District 7070 Foundation Grants Training, Qualification and Application Information
 
Club Qualification
For the 2019-20 Rotary year, District 7070 has replaced the traditional Qualification Seminar for Clubs interested in applying for Rotary Foundation funds for Global and/or District Grants with an on-line training alternative. 
 
A Rotary Club is qualified to apply for Global or District Grant funds once:
  • at least two of its members have successfully completed the on-line Qualification Training provided by the District, and
  • the Club President and President Elect have signed the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, and submitted it to the District.
The on-line Qualification Training consists of three modules. A Quiz is connected to each module.  Each Quiz has nine questions.  To pass the Quiz, the Rotarian must correctly answer at least, seven of the questions on the Quiz connected with the module.  Once the Rotarian has successfully passed all three Quizzes, s/he is qualified.  Minimum two members of a Rotary Club must be qualified as part of the Qualification process for the Club.  Qualification, which is a requirement by The Rotary Foundation, is valid for one Rotary year. 
 
Quizzes can be taken at any time that is convenient to the Rotarian.  The District will inform the Rotarian of the result of a Quiz.  A record per Rotarian and Club will be kept by the District.  When two members of a Club have successfully completed the Quizzes and the Club’s leadership has forwarded a signed copy of the MOU, the Club will get Qualified status.  The Club leadership will be informed.  In addition, the Club will be added to the record of qualified Clubs on the District’s website.
 
Rotary Clubs that want to play a leading role in a Global Grant or District Grant project must be qualified.  However, non-qualified Clubs can still financially support projects in a non-leading role.  But Clubs are encouraged to become qualified to better understand and support the Rotary Foundation and its important role. 
 
Qualification Knowledge Material - Learn
 
Quizzes - Test
Documents to be downloaded - Available from the menu on the left
  • Memorandum of Understanding – MOU (word)
  • District Grant Application form 2019-20 (pdf) 
  • District Grant Application form 2019-20 (word) 
  • DDF Request form for Global Grant Projects
 
DDF matching for Global Grant Projects must be requested
Starting April 1, 2019, Clubs in District 7070 requesting DDF (District Designated Funds) for Club cash contributions to a Global Grant Project must send in a request form to the District.  Based on the information provided in the form, District 7070 will inform the Club/s how much DDF that can be made available to the project.  DDF will not be made available to projects, if no request form was sent to the District.
 
There are still Government of Canada Funds available  
In the 2015-16 Rotary year, Government of Canada funds were made available to Canadian Rotary Clubs for Global Grants projects meeting certain requirements.  This five-year program is providing CAD1.2 million per year.  These funds will match Canadian Rotary Club cash contributions as well as DDF from Canadian Districts dollar for dollar to certain Global Grant projects.  The Rotary Foundation will then match the GOC contributions 50 cents to the dollar.  Certain restrictions apply, but it is always worthwhile checking the eligibility.
Information can be found on the Rotary Foundation Canada website www.trfcanada.org.  Once there, please click on the GOC Programmes.

 
Global and District Grants
Global Grants require two Clubs and/or Districts in two separate countries working together.  They are called Host and International Partners respectively, where the Host Partner is where the project will take place.  Global Grants are for long-term projects.  Global Grant projects must fall in one of the six Areas of Focus.  The budget for a Global Grant project must be min. USD 30,000.  The request for funds from the Rotary Foundation must be min. USD 15,000.
 
Always do the calculations for Global Grants in USD, including any commitments for support from other Clubs.  This will prevent any future discussions about exchange rates, once the Clubs are asked to pay their promised contributions.
Global Grant projects must fall within at least one of the six areas of focus.  These areas are
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
Global Grants may be funded by
  • Club Cash
  • DDF – District Designated Funds
  • Other contributions, and
  • The Rotary Foundation Award (TRF’s matching of Club cash and DDF)
The Rotary Foundation will match Club cash contribution 0.50:1 and DDF 1:1.  This formula makes it very attractive for Clubs putting together projects to request DDF matching from the District.  Please, note that you must request any DDF matching by sending a DDF Request Form to the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee before you start your application.  Based on the information provided, you will learn how much DDF you may receive.  No Global Grant project will receive DDF matching without formally requesting DDF.  District 7070 is only matching cash contributions from D7070 Clubs.
 
Applications for Global Grant Projects are made on http://www.rotary.org and can be made throughout the year.  As of July 1, 2018, every Global Grant application must include a Community Needs Assessment study.
 
For more information, please click here to download the Terms and Conditions for Rotary Foundation District and Global Grants – for Grants awarded after July 1, 2013.
 
District Grants are supposed be used for smaller projects.  There is no minimum budget required.  The project must still meet the Rotary Foundation Mission.  A District Grant can be used locally or internationally.  There is no requirement for a Rotary Club in the other end.  However, we have found it very beneficial to cooperate with local Rotary Clubs if such exist.
District 7070 is encouraging Clubs to cooperate in District Grant projects.  Hence, we offer increased matching if more Clubs are involved in a project.  The matching formula is found in the District Grant Application Form. 
 
Clubs apply to the District for District Grants on the form found on the District’s website.  Applications received by May 31, 2019 will be considered to be included in the District’s Spending Plan, our application to the Rotary Foundation for a District Block Grant.  The Spending Plan is, in short, a summary of all the projects that the District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee has decided to endorse.
 
What happens after May 31, 2019?
Applications for District Grant funds received on, or before, May 31, 2019 will be reviewed by the District foundation Grant Sub-Committee for consideration to be included in the District’s Spending Plan, our application for a District Block Grant.
The aim of the Committee is to have the review completed by the end of June 2019, so we can submit the Spending Plan to the Rotary Foundation early in July.  The normal handling time at the Foundation is about a month, so we expect to have the funds for the successful Clubs at the beginning of the 2019-20 Rotary year.
 
The Spending Plan will be published on the District’s website.
 
Useful links
Here are a few useful links
 
More information
For more information, please contact Lars Henriksson, Chair, District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee.  Lars can be reached at email lars@norditrade.com or tel. 416-489 8438.