Since 2016-17, Rotary clubs in our District have shared $320,000 in District grants, due to the generosity of Rotarians who donated to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, three years earlier.
Clubs received a total of $111,000 in 2016-17, $100,000 in 2017-18 and $109,000 this year.
The funds were distributed in response to proposals submitted the District Foundation Committee. For each grant received from the Committee, clubs committed to invest at least as much to projects or scholarships from their own funds.
Clubs use this money for their service projects and scholarships for university and high school students, and support attendance at District youth services programs, such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Leadership Experience, and Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYLA, RYLE and RYPEN).
The list of service projects supported by these grants provides insight into the scope of what Rotary clubs do to make a difference, both internationally and locally.
Projects receiving grants helped educate children in developing countries, support literacy programs, feed individuals and families in need, provide emergency shelter, improve access to clean drinking water and support tree-planning initiatives.
All these projects fit into at least one of TRF’s six areas of focus: disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
The amount available to the District is based on contributions to the annual fund of TRF. For every dollar donated to TRF, the District receives 50 cents three years later.
Half of the funds that the District receives are available for grants and scholarships, and the other half is used to support Global Grants the clubs receive from TRF.
During the current Rotary year, 39 of the District’s 57 clubs received grants of $95,000 for projects and $13,000 for scholarships. Clubs plan to spend about two-thirds of the money they received on projects and scholarships in Canada and the balance on international projects.
Due to volume of requests, the District Grant Subcommittee, chaired by Wayne McCutcheon (RC of St. Albert) had to reduce the size of 2018-19 project grants from $3,500 in previous years to $3,019. The District Scholarship Committee, headed by Dean Wood (RC of Edmonton Riverview) reduced the value of each scholarship from $650 to $559.
“The District grants went down this year because Rotarians did not contribute enough to TRF,” says Wayne Kauffman (RC of Edmonton Riverview), who is the TRF chair for District 5370.
“The more Rotarians contribute to the annual fund, the more money we will have available for grants.”
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A list of grants and scholarships for 2018-19 will be added to the District website after clubs have completed reports required by TRF.
Information about how and when to apply for 2019-20 grants will be announced early in 2019.