The DGS awards District Designated Funds (DDF) as District Grants or as contributions to Global Grants.
For Rotary Year 2015-2016, the DGS may award approximately US$235,000, or $292,000 Canadian, to clubs that have applied for grants for projects, scholarships, youth programs,
international travel to scope projects, or to vocational training teams. 2015-16 grant applications for all but travel grants are now closed.
US$181,000 of DDF have been contributed to five global grant applications, with an additional US$65,000 being reserved for global scholarships, Rotary Peace Centers, and disaster restoration.
As a result of the early, keen interest by clubs in pooling DDF for global grants, no further DDF are available for 2015-2016 grant applications.
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DGS Principles for Assessing Grant Applications
- All clubs annually contributing more than $50 per member to the Annual Fund of TRF are eligible to receive DDF for district and global grants,
subject to their meeting all qualification criteria.
- All clubs applying for DDF must pledge the required amount of club funds to the project, regardless of club size
or contributions to the Annual Fund. Contribution rates for clubs are set annually by the DGS, and are subject to revision to maximize the DDF disbursement.
- Applicant clubs must be "up to date" on their reporting requirements for open grants.
- Clubs must be qualified annually to be awarded DDF. Qualification consists of signing the TRF Club Memorandum of Understanding,
and having at least one club member attend the district qualification seminar in person, or by webinar.
- The DGS aims to keep the application process and the reporting requirements as simple as possible, while meeting TRF expectations for stewardship.
- The DSG annually recommends limits for each type of DDF award. These recommendations are subject to approval by the district board, and may be revised throughout the year to minimize any carryover.
- TRF allows up to 50 per cent of the annual SHARE account to be allocated as DDF between district grants.
The allocation to the district block grant is determined by the value of the eligible district grant applications
submitted by clubs, but can never exceed 50 per cent of DDF.