Posted by Lars Henriksson, Chair, District 7070 Rotary Foundation Grants Committee

The Rotary Foundation requires that every Club that wants to apply for a District or Global Grant must be qualified.  The Qualification must be renewed every year.  Each District is responsible for the qualification process in its District.  For the 2019-20 Rotary year, District 7070 has replaced the traditional qualification seminar with an on-line process. Please Read more for all of the details, where your club stands and in important update from our District Grants Chair Lars Henriksson.......

Only Qualified Clubs have access to Rotary Foundation Grant Funds

The Rotary Foundation requires Clubs that want to participate in the Grants program – Global or District Grants – must be qualified.  To become qualified, a Club must do the following

  • have at least two of its members take the qualification training, and
  • submit a Memorandum Of Understanding to the District, signed by the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Club Presidents respectively.

The qualification is valid for one Rotary year.  Clubs must also be qualified for the duration of a grant projects.  That means that a Club involved in a Global Grant project, approved by The Rotary Foundation in 2018 and still in progress, must be qualified also for the 2019-20 Rotary year.


How to qualify

For the 2019-20 Rotary year, District 7070 changed the qualification process.  Instead of the traditional seminar in February, we developed three training modules (The Rotary Foundation, Global Grants and District Grants), available on the District’s website,  For each module, there is a quiz, consisting of nine questions.  Seven correct answers are required to pass a quiz.  When two Club members have passed the three quizzes, the Club has met the first requirement above. 

One main reason for the change from a seminar in February to on-line training was to make it more convenient for Clubs and members to meet the qualification requirements.  Therefore, the slow up-take is both surprising and disappointing.  At the time of writing this article, only 19 Clubs are qualified


Qualified Clubs as of June 26, 2019

Alliston, Belleville, Brighton, Campbellford, North Scarborough, Quinte Sunrise, Scarborough, Stirling, Toronto, Toronto Bay Bloor, Toronto Danforth, Toronto East, Toronto Eglinton, Toronto Leaside, Toronto Sunrise, Whitby, Whitby Sunrise, Willowdale and York.   


Club Can/Should Still Qualify

If your Club isn’t yet qualified, you should arrange to meet the qualification requirements.  This is particularly important for those Clubs that are involved in District and Global Grant projects still in progress.  In addition, your Club may want to look into a Global Grant project during the 2019-20 Rotary year.  Again, your Club must be qualified.  The material can be found at

For more information, please contact PDG Lars Henriksson,




Additional Information: 

Clubs must be qualified throughout a project

The qualification is for the 2019-20 Rotary year.  Please, note that as long as a grant-financed project is active, the lead Clubs must be qualified.  A Club that started a Global Grant project in the 2018-19 Rotary year (or earlier) must also be qualified for the 2019-20 Rotary year, if the project isn’t completed in the 2018-19 year.


Qualification can be done throughout the 2019-20 Rotary year

While May 31, 2019 is the deadline to apply for District Grants, Clubs can still be become qualified throughout June and into the new Rotary year.  This will give Clubs the opportunity to become qualified and allow them to apply for Global Grants in the 2019-20 Rotary year.  And even if Clubs at the end won’t apply for funds, becoming qualified is one important way to enlighten the Club members of the Rotary Foundation and its importance to Rotarians and the world.


Every Club Qualified.  Every Rotarian Trained

Of course, we would like to see every Club qualified.  Every Rotarian can take the training.  The modules and quizzes are available on the Rotary District 7070 website,  Click on Foundation in the top banner.  A list of options will show up.  Click on NEW. 2019-20 Grant Qualification Process and Documents and you will find the modules.


Links to the Grant Management Resource Material

The D7070 Qualification process consists of three modules, that can be found on the District’s website (  The three modules: The Rotary Foundation, Global Grants and District Grants as well as three Qualification Quizzes   

The on-line training consists of the following three modules:

For each module, there is a Quiz, consisting of nine questions on the content of the module.  In order to pass, the respondent must have at least seven correct answers to each Quiz.   Once a Rotarian has completed all three Quizzes successfully, s/he is qualified and s/he will be counted towards the Club Qualification

At least seven correct answers are required to pass a Quiz.



District Grant Applications for 2019-20 RI Year – Deadline of May 31, 2019 Has Passed

For Clubs in D7070 applying for District Grants, the application forms can be found on the Foundation Grant Qualification site of the District’s website.  Application for a District Grant is made to the District.  Deadline was May 31, 2019.

District Grants are intended to be used for short and medium-term projects, that can take place in the local as well as international community.  Furthermore, District Grant projects can take place in countries and areas where there are no Rotary Clubs

The matching process for District Grants adopted by D7070 encourages cooperation between Clubs.  Please, note that the leading Club for a project must be qualified.  However, while we want to see all Clubs qualified, Clubs that of some reason have decided not to be qualified, can still financially support projects lead by a qualified Club.

For more information on District Grants, please contact PDG Lars Henriksson,



Want DDF for a Global Grant Application?  Talk to the District first!

The Rotary Foundation is matching Club cash contributions to a Global Grant project 50% and DDF (District Designated Funds) 100%.  This makes it very attractive to have DDF contribution in a project.  However, the amount of DDF available is a function of how much money we raised in our District for the Foundation’s Annual Fund three years ago.  In short, we will always have a limited amount of DDF to hand out.  And the District wants to share that amount with as many projects as possible. 

Lately, we have seen examples of Global Grant applications where Clubs have listed DDF without any contact with the District.  They have assumed that DDF will be available.  However, the allocation of DDF to a project must be authorized by the District Governor and District Foundation Committee Chair.  This is the final step before an application is formally submitted to the Rotary Foundation.  By not discussing with the District at an early stage, they run a risk there won’t be DDF available, when the DG and DFCC are supposed to authorize the DDF contribution.

To prevent this from happening, we will from now on require every applicant to request DDF on a special form prior to starting their Global Grant application.  The form can be found on the District’s website.  Based on the information provided, a project will be given an amount of DDF they can work with in their application.  (This is the process that most Global Grant applicants have followed over the years.)

Projects that have not sent in a DDF request form at the start of the project application process may run the risk of not receiving any DDF.



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 CAD 1.2 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  Once there, please click on the GOC Programmes.

More information

For more information, please contact Lars Henriksson, Chair, District Foundation Grants Sub-Committee.  Lars can be reached at email or tel. 416-489 8438