Rotary responds to Ukraine crisis
At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship caused by the war in Ukraine. We’re using our deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action in the region.
Find out more about what Rotary is doing and how you can support relief efforts.
How we are taking action
Your donations at work
All donations to our Disaster Response Fund from 3 March to 30 April 2022 have been prioritized for use providing humanitarian aid to regions that are supporting Ukrainian refugees or other victims of the war.
Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, we raised more than $15 million in contributions that are already helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.
So far, 272 disaster response grants, totaling $8.9million in 29 countries, have been awarded to support people affected by the war. The Rotary Foundation will continue to use the donations for humanitarian aid in and around Ukraine, and districts can apply for these grants until 31 December 2022.
Donations made to the Disaster Response Fund after 30 April will be available to all communities around the world that need assistance recovering from disasters.
Apply for a disaster response grant
Find out how Rotary districts can apply for a grant from the Disaster Response Fund.
Now through 31 December 2022, districts can apply for grants to provide relief such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing to refugees or other people affected by the crisis. Districts should work closely with local officials and groups to ensure that the funding will meet a specific community need.
Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $100,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. Eligible districts include:
• District 1911 (Hungary)
• District 2231 (Poland)
• District 2232 (Belarus and Ukraine)
• District 2240 (Czech Republic and Slovakia)
• District 2241 (Republic of Moldova and Romania)
During this same period, other districts can apply for $25,000 grants, and districts can combine disaster response grants for frontline countries to fund larger projects and shipments.
Contact information and how to support local club and district-led efforts
Many clubs and districts have organized local humanitarian response initiatives in Ukraine and the surrounding region. Find out how to engage with Rotary clubs and districts, find contacts for hosting refugees, and more local efforts. You can directly support these local projects.
District 2232 (Ukraine) formed a committee to help victims of the war in Ukraine. They identified urgent medical supplies to help injured civilians. Download the list of needed medical supplies (PDF).
Learn how Rotary is responding
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world are working with members nearby to provide information, transportation, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.