District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community or communities abroad. Each District chooses which activities it will fund with these grants. With the consolidation of our Rotary Districts 7530 and 7550 into District 7545, the District grant process has changed due to the size of the new district.
District 7545 includes 55 clubs and for easier access to paperwork, the District grants committee decided to put all forms online, to be sent electronically to the District Grants Chair, John Powell.
Downloadable “practice” forms are also available. Fill out your downloaded “practice” form first, then transfer information to your online form. Be sure to fill in all areas, attach all attachments directly to the form before signing. The online form has an online signature area that is legally binding. Upon signing, the form will automatically email to the Grants Chair.
At the required Grants Training Seminar held during District Club Assembly on August 10, the District Grants Chair noted that a signed MOU form must be sent to him via US mail. Attendance of at least one member of the club was required for any District 7545 club to receive a District grant.
District grants are 50 percent reimbursable, capped at $1,000.00 and application deadline is October 15, 2019.
Grants this year require a dollar-for-dollar match, and the district’s portion will be reimbursed to the club upon submission of the completed final report.
Our Grants Chair, John Powell has noted that there is confusion concerning the new grant process. He sent these two samples to clarify:
Rotary Club of Anytown decides to seek a grant to provide dictionaries to elementary school children. The total cost of the project will be $1,000. The club submits a Memorandum of Understanding and a grant application. The grant is approved. The Rotary Club of Anytown spends $1,000 buying and distributing dictionaries, then completes and submits the 2019-2020 District Grant Final Report with all receipts attached. The Rotary Club of Anytown is reimbursed $500 from the district. The club and the District shared the cost of the project 50/50. The District matched the club’s financial commitment dollar-for-dollar.
The Special City Rotary Club decides to seek a grant to install a dog park in the local town park. The total cost of the project will be $2,000. The club submits a Memorandum of Understanding and a grant application. The grant is approved. The Special City Rotary Club spends $2,000 buying supplies and installing the dog park amenities. The club then completes and submits the 2019-2020 District Grant Final Report with all receipts attached. The Special City Rotary Club is reimbursed $1,000 from the district. The club and the District split the cost of the project 50/50. The District and the club shared the cost dollar-for-dollar.
Check here for Grant forms.