Prior to applying for a global grant, a club must meet the specified qualification criteria and sign both the Combined Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). To learn about all the qualifications for applying for these grants, click on Qualifications for Grant Applications in the menu on the left.

Global Grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s six areas of focus. The total project must be at least $30,000. For more information on Global Grants, go to the home page of the Global Application Tool in the Rotary Grant Center (see menu on the left of your screen).

Global Grant applications must be submitted online through the Rotary International website. For access to the application form, click on Rotary Grant Centerl (on the left of your screen), sign-in, click on “apply for a grant”, select “Global Grant” from the drop-down box and then click “let’s get started”. The application form will appear

Once you begin filling in the global grant application form, you may come and go as you please. Be sure you ALWAYS save your work using the bottom on the bottom of each page BEFORE leaving any page. If there is no activity on the grant application for six months, your application will automatically be deleted.

The following describes the grant process:
  1. Contact Tom Manderscheid, Chairperson of the Grants Committee to discuss your project. He can be reached by phone or e-mail: or 616-402-1637
  2. Complete the appropriate grant application on The Rotary Foundation website and lock it so the Grants committee can review it BEFORE October 15, 2019. Global Grant applications take a while to complete – be SURE to give yourself plenty of time before the due date of October 15.  Plan on 60 – 90 days at least.
  3. You will be scheduled to join the district grants committee via conference call at the scheduled grant review meeting of the District Grant Committee on November 12, 2019. Your application must be ready and locked by October 15 to be discussed with all the other Global Grants at that meeting.  Applications received after October 15, if there are any Global Grant funds remaining, will be discussed at the following monthly meeting. Be aware there may not be any Global Grant Funds available after the first round of grants are reviewed and funded. See Change in Global Grant Application Process on the left menu.
  4. All applicants will be required to join the grants committee meeting via conference call during a predetermined time to briefly describe their grant request, answer any questions from the grants committee, and allow the grants committee to make recommendations.
  5. This is a new process, beginning in 2017-2018. We will review all Global Grants submitted between July 1 and October 15, 2019 together on November 12, 2019.  This eliminates the problem of a large grant getting all the funds early in the year.  If the aggregated Global Grant funding requests at the November 13 meeting exceed available funds, the grant committee will use a system to divide the available funds on a pro rata basis.  Please read the “Changes to Global Grant Procedures” page on the left of your screen for more details on this process.
  6. Upon approval of the application, the District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Committee Chairperson will approve the application, after which The Rotary Foundation (TRF) will commence their review.  Once approved by TRF, you will receive further instructions.
  7. Please note that The Rotary Foundation has asked for two new documents in 2018-2019:
  • That the Final Report form and format for Global Grants have changed.  Please note the link on the left side of this page and download the Global Grant Report Template.  The actual report should be completed on line at the Grant Center, but this template gives you a sense of what is required to be reported.
  • That Needs Assessment must be completed BEFORE the grant is completed and reviewed.  Download the link on the left called Global Grants Community Assessment Form.