The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

Rotary Grants

District grants

District grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities worldwide. Each Rotary district gets to choose which projects it will fund with these grants..

Global grants

Global grants support large international activities that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of our areas of focus. Rotarians create their own projects and carry them out. We accept and review applications as they arrive.

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Grants Process
Grant Activities
Grants Travel Request
Our Foundation's Funding Model presentation
Our Foundation's Funding Model presentation with slide notes

Fellowships and other funding

Rotary Peace Fellowships
Original Foundation Grants


View or run your club and district reports for Rotary Foundation contributions and recognition.

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Trustee Chair’s message

Learn how The Rotary Foundation is helping Rotary members take action to improve lives locally and globally.

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Board of Trustees


When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you support Rotary's work across the world and help ensure our future. You can choose where to direct your donation and how you wish to give. Recognition is offered at many giving levels.

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History of The Rotary Foundation

In 1917, Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed an endowment "for the purpose of doing good in the world." His vision became The Rotary Foundation.

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