OF SCALE GRANTS
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Your district can be one of the first to try a new type of Rotary Foundation grant that’s
designed to support sustainable, evidence-based methods to address a need that a
community has identified and to measure the impact of the project on the community.
Programs of scale grants, which are awarded to
clubs or districts in a competitive process, support
activities that are aligned with one or more of
Rotary’s areas of focus for three to five years
and benefit a large geographic area or a large
number of people.
Through programs of scale grants, Rotary aims to
provide leadership and develop specific expertise
in partnership with other organizations that do
good work, to impact communities and individual
lives. With the success of programs of scale,
Rotary will grow its ability to influence policy and
expand and strengthen its international role in
the delivery of service to communities in need.
Programs of scale will officially launch in January
with the first award expected in October 2020.
Key points about programs of scale grants:
The Foundation will award one programs of
scale grant of $2 million each year.
Although no other Rotarian funding is
required, we strongly encourage applicants
to supplement the Foundation grant with
funding and resources from Rotarian and
The reach of the activities that these grants
fund could be international, national,
regional, or districtwide.
Proposals for programs of scale grants
should include a fully developed program
from concept to implementation, including
baseline data and ongoing monitoring and
The activities the grants support should be
ones that Rotarians, government agencies,
nongovernmental organizations, or private
institutions have used successfully and that
communities with similar needs can adapt
and use. New and untested activities aren’t
Programs of scale grants are awarded with
the expectation that clubs or districts will
partner with other organizations, such as
nongovernmental organizations, private
institutions, and government agencies, on
the activities these grants fund. Rotarians will
take well-defined leadership roles. Rotarian
recipients of the grant funds may disburse
them to partner organizations.
How to plan and implement a programs of
Use My Rotary’s Discussion Groups, Rotary
Showcase, and Rotary Ideas to help you at
each stage of your project, from planning and
organizing to evaluating the project’s success.
Organizations you’re working with can also help
you develop the plan and complete the proposal
The application process
The Rotary Foundation will award one grant
each year in a two-step process. Clubs and
districts will submit proposals, and those that
write the strongest proposals will be invited to
submit applications. A committee made up of
members of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of
Technical Advisers and other experts will review
the proposals and applications. They will make
recommendations to the Rotary Foundation
Board of Trustees, which will make the final
decision. In 2020, the Trustees will award the
grant at their October meeting.
Find out more by sending your questions to
email@example.com or consulting the Programs
of Scale page on My Rotary.