THE BENEFITS OF A
Did you know you can use funds from a Rotary
global grant to hire a project manager?
A complicated global grant can seem overwhelming, but a local project
manager can devote themselves fully to keeping track of all the details
necessary to make it a success.
You can use up to 10 percent of a grant’s budget for project management.
Hiring someone local who knows the community can increase a project’s
cultural sensitivity and build the host club’s capacity to manage future projects.
THREE REASONS TO CONSIDER A PROJECT MANAGER:
Club members often lack the time to devote to grant-funded projects.
Sponsoring clubs may be far from the project site. A local project manager
ensures someone is at the site to manage day-to-day aspects.
While Rotary members bring enthusiasm to a project, they may lack
technical expertise. A local project manager can supply that expertise,
particularly for grants that have multiple parts, like an adopt-a-village
project, or ones that involve microcredit, water, or sanitation.
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In Guanajuato, Mexico, Rotarians hired a project
manager to oversee the construction of 300 water
tanks that tap into the local aquifer to supply
safe drinking water to 2,400 people. Groups of
six families each were organized to build water-
harvesting systems and learn how to maintain
them. The local Rotarians also hired a Rotary Peace
Fellow to develop a curriculum that the partnering
nonprofit organization used to train villagers in
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, local Rotarians
hired a project manager to oversee construction of
130 latrines of different types in five villages where
open defecation threatened the water supply
from rivers and aquifers. The manager also led
teams of water technicians in each village to hold
workshops on safe hygiene habits. The Rotary Club of Kampala-North, Uganda,
hired a project manager for its global grant
aimed at improving the lives of villagers in Siribia,
a community affected by the displacement of
people from the decades-long conflict between
the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Their project trained farmers in better
agricultural methods, provided clean water and
sanitation, created a microcredit program, and
improved the quality of education at the largest
primary school through teacher training and by
creating a library and computer lab. The project
manager monitored daily activities, kept records,
coordinated with local partners, and provided
updates to all participants.
Villagers celebrate the opening of
a new water tank in Guanajuato.