Ten lessons learned from the Future Vision pilot
Expanded criteria for the basic education and literacy area of focus will include secondary education.
As The Rotary Foundation prepares for the global launch of its new grant model next July, a number of changes are being made based on feedback from Future Vision pilot districts.
Rotarians can expect to see these improvements in coming months:
1. A user-friendly online system for district qualification and grant application
2. A streamlined global grant application process with clearly defined expectations and a list of resources to help applicants get started
3. Clear guidelines on how to meet global grant requirements for area of focus and sustainability
4. Expanded criteria in two areas of focus: basic education and literacy now includes secondary education, and disease prevention and treatment covers prevention of noncommunicable diseases and health promotion; in addition, all areas of focus allow certain types of infrastructure projects
5. The elimination of a requirement that applicants for global grant scholarships provide proof of language testing
6. Adjustments to the composition of vocational training teams, reducing the minimum number of travelers to three and allowing, with Foundation approval, the team leader to be a non-Rotarian
7. Funding for international travel to implement global grant projects
8. An option for a contingency fund of up to 20 percent of the total district grant spending plan
9. A reduction in the minimum budget for a packaged grant from US$50,000 to $20,000
10. The addition of a district stewardship subcommittee to ensure careful management of grant funds
The Foundation expects these improvements to help Rotarians develop projects that meet the eligibility requirements for global grants, thus reducing the time from application through payment.
To start preparing for the transition to Future Vision, consult the transition timelines for clubs and districts.