NEED HELP WITH
A GLOBAL GRANT?
ROTARY’S STAFF CAN TURN YOUR GOOD IDEA INTO A GREAT GRANT
Jong Youl Lee spent seven years working with global grants
before becoming his district’s international service chair in Korea.
Often, he says, he’d find clubs and districts that had become
discouraged with the time it would take for their application to
be approved, or whose application had been declined for failing
to meet all the requirements.
“Club presidents and district governors wouldn’t be able to get
approval for the project they wanted to do in their year, and this
would be disheartening,” Lee says. “Motivation would falter.”
But then Lee began sending project ideas to his district’s regional
grants officer for a preliminary review. With the grants officer’s
help, the screening would reveal potential problems with the
application and prompt a redesign of the project to clearly fit an
area of focus and meet all requirements. Suddenly, grants were
turning around in under six months, and clubs and districts were
becoming enthusiastic to sponsor a grant.
“I’ve been telling all the districts in Korea that there’s a hotline
to the Foundation and global grant process,” says Lee. “When
you get in touch with staff, you are going to get real help in a
Lee’s district received approval recently for two global grants,
one that is creating a safe learning environment for children at
a school in Vietnam, and another that is providing agricultural
vocational training for students with a disability so they can
become financially independent after graduation.
CLEAN WATER FOR UGANDA
To provide funds and support to build five 300-foot
wells with solar powered pumps to bring clean water
to 10,000 people and three primary schools in Poyemi
Village near Tororo, Uganda
PROJECT LOCATION UGANDA
PROJECT DATES BEGINS IN JULY
PROJECT CATEGORY CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
The project is dedicated to the late Sam Owori, who
had been elected to serve as president of Rotary
International for 2018-19. He was also a founding
member of the Rotary Club of Tororo. The Tororo
club and the Rotary Club of Carmichael, California,
USA, are looking for contributions to help pay for
equipment, construction, and the cost of training
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Lee is also excited that Korean Rotarians are beginning to
sponsor projects that address needs in Korea, rather than just
becoming an international partner on projects elsewhere.
Rotary grants staff members are one of your best resources
for a grant application. Grants staff members draw on the
Foundation’s long experience in funding effective projects and
their own professional expertise and educational background.
They are well positioned to help grant applicants make sure their
projects are eligible for funding by performing a preliminary
application review or helping sponsors redesign projects to meet
Douglas Good, a member of the Rotary Club of Quito Latitud
Cero, Pichincha, Ecuador, also endorses working with grants staff.
His club had submitted a grant application for disease prevention
and treatment to help children under age five with hearing
impairments. But it was declined because it was deemed not
to fit that area of focus. Good asked for help from grants staff,
who worked extensively with him to redesign the grant and
add a component for training preschool teachers and caregivers
working with the children and strengthening their curriculum.
The resulting grant was approved under the basic education and
literacy area of focus.
To request a preliminary review of an application, contact
your grants officer or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that
preliminary reviews take longer during the busiest months,
May through August. Grants staff members are also available
for some training events.