As you can see by the headline, the District Grants program is changing. We are now COMMUNITY Grants. This change is made to avoid ongoing confusion with the District Designated Funds (DDF) that are passed along to the District from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as one block grant. This block grant is also a District Grant. Another reason for the change is to remind ourselves that 50% of our donations to TRF Annual Fund comes back to D6900 three years later for use in our communities. What a wonderful way to create hope right in our own back yard!
We also have other improvements coming to the grant program such as Rotaract Clubs can now apply for a Community Grant in conjunction with their sponsoring club. Funding is lower for a Rotaract Club for this first year as we need to test the program and make sure we don’t run out of grant funding. Rotaract Club grant funding will be evaluated at the end of the 2024 Community Grant year (around April ’24) and adjustments will be made based on the success of the program. (In order to have Rotaract Clubs apply, be sure their information is updated on the District website at rotary6900.org.)
We have added a Collaborative grant category to join our Standard and Competitive grants. This grant will allow three (or more) Rotary Clubs to apply for a Community Grant of up to $30,000! One Collaborative grant will be selected for the upcoming year. The more clubs collaborating, the merrier!
So what does your club need to do to take advantage of the world of Community, Competitive and/or Collaborative Grants for the 2023/24 Rotary year?
On May 19, 2023, - 2023-2024 Competitive and Collaborative proposals will be reviewed and winners will be selected and notified.
We hope to make additional improvements to the Community Grant program and announce those changes soon. For now, check out the provisions for grants for the 2023-2024 Rotary year with regards to funding and deadlines. Let the planning begin!
Zoom discussion/training sessions for the 2023-2024 Grant year will be scheduled soon to be held after April 7, 2023, which is when the current grant season must be closed out.
Thank you for all you do for your communities, your club, and for Rotary around the world!
Gillian Leggett - D6900 Community Grants Chair