Links to Documents and Forms Important documents which should be read before embarking on any Foundation Grant Application. Here you will find links to the following documents:
- The Rotary Foundation Terms and Conditions (note: the document downloads automatically as a PDF file)
- The District 1070 Club Foundation Manual (note: edition 2017-18. PDF Format. Update due Mar 2018)
- District 1070 Foundations Basics Pamphlet (note: Foundation for Dummies! (never to old to learn :)))
- The Memorandum of Understanding Document (Note: Requires authorisation by President and Second Officer for running Foundation Grants)
All PROPOSAL and APPLICATION forms for District Grants are now completed entirely online. The District Grant application process has been simplified. Brief information about your club and your project is gathered in the proposal form, which can be accessed from the link below. After a Grants Team review you may be invited to complete a Full Application Form, which is more detailed and details you entered in the proposal form will auto-fill some of the full application form. Please have your proposal completed by 30th June each year as grants are competitive and administered on a first come first served basis. Here are links to the online forms:
Club Memorandum of Understanding
Club Foundation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forms are also now authorised online. The Club President and the Second Officer must authorise this MOU. (Second Officer may be President Elect, Secretary or Treasurer. In that order). Please read the terms of the MOU here” before proceeding to authorise your club MOU online Here is the link to the online MOU authorisation form:-
All Global Grant applications can be completed online, anytime during the year. But please remember to talk to The District Foundation team first to ensure grant support is available for allocation. Here is the link to get you started.
You can view the Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus here:
Memorandum of Understanding Document
CLUB QUALIFICATION MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE ROTARY FOUNDATION For District Grants, Global Grants and Packaged Grants Club Qualification
- Club Officer Responsibilities
- Financial Management Plan
- Bank Account Requirements
- Report on Use of Grant Funds
- Document Retention
- Reporting Misuse of Grant Funds
1). Club Qualification To participate in Rotary Foundation District, Global and Packaged grants, the Club must agree to implement the financial and stewardship requirements in this memorandum of understanding (MOU) provided by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and to send at least one Club member to the District’s grant management seminar each year. The District may also establish additional requirements for Club qualification and/or require its Clubs to be qualified in order to participate in Rotary Foundation District grants. By completing these requirements, the Club becomes qualified and eligible to participate in the TRF grant program.
- Upon successful completion of the qualification requirements, the Club will be qualified for one Rotary year.
- To maintain qualified status, the Club must comply with this MOU, any additional District requirements, and all applicable TRF policies.
- The Club is responsible for the use of funds for Club-sponsored grants, regardless of who controls the funds.
- Qualification may be suspended or revoked for misuse or mismanagement of grant funds involving, but not limited to: fraud; forgery; membership falsification; gross negligence; endangerment of health, welfare, or safety of beneficiaries; ineligible contributions; use of funds for personal gain; undisclosed conflicts of interest; monopolisation of grant funds by individuals; report falsification; overpricing; acceptance of payments from beneficiaries; illegal activities; use of grant funds for ineligible purposes.
- The Club must cooperate with any financial, grant, or operational audits.
2). Club Officer Responsibilities The Club officers hold primary responsibility for Club qualification and the proper implementation of TRF grants. Club officer responsibilities include:
- Appointing at least one Club member to implement, manage, and maintain Club qualification
- Ensuring that all TRF grants adhere to stewardship measures and proper grant management practices
- Ensuring that all individuals involved in a grant conduct their activities in a way that avoids any actual or perceived conflict of interest
3). Financial Management Plan (This section applies to Global grants) The Club must have a written financial management plan to provide consistent administration of grant funds. The financial management plan must include procedures to
- Maintain a standard set of accounts, which includes a complete record of all receipts and disbursements of grant funds
- Disburse grant funds, as appropriate
- Maintain segregation of duties for handling funds
- Establish an inventory system for equipment and other assets purchased with grant funds, and maintain records for items that are purchased, produced, or distributed through grant activities
- Ensure that all grant activities, including the conversion of funds, comply with local law
4). Bank Account Requirements (This section applies to Global grants) In order to receive grant funds, the Club must have a dedicated bank account that is used solely for receiving and disbursing TRF grant funds.
- The Club bank account must
- Have a minimum of two Rotarian signatories from the Club for disbursements
- Be a low- or non-interest-bearing account
- Any interest earned must be documented and used for eligible, approved grant activities, or returned to TRF.
- A separate account should be opened for each Club-sponsored grant, and the name of the account should clearly identify its use for grant funds.
- Grant funds may not be deposited in investment accounts including, but not limited to, mutual funds, certificates of deposit, bonds, and stocks.
- Bank statements must be available to support receipt and use of TRF grant funds.
- The Club must maintain a written plan for transferring custody of the bank accounts in the event of a change in signatories.
5). Report on Use of Grant Funds The Club must adhere to all TRF reporting requirements. Grant reporting is a key aspect of grant management and stewardship, as it informs TRF of the grant’s progress and how funds are spent.
- Account of all expenditure should be evidenced by receipts
- Good publicity for The Rotary Foundation and your club should be evidenced by images, use of social media, websites, newspaters, and Rotary Showcase.
6). Document Retention
- The Club must establish and maintain appropriate record keeping systems to preserve important documents related to qualification and TRF grants. Retaining these documents supports transparency in grant management and assists in the preparation for audits or financial assessments.
- Documents that must be maintained include, but are not limited to:
- Bank information, including copies of past statements
- Club qualification documents including a copy of the signed Club MOU
- Documented plans and procedures, including:
- Financial management plan (only applicable to Global grants)
- Procedure for storing documents and archives
- Succession plan for bank account signatories and retention of information and documentation
- Information related to grants, including receipts and invoices for all purchases
- Club records must be accessible and available to Rotarians in the Club and at the request of the District.
- Documents must be maintained for a minimum of five years, or longer if required by local law.
7). Reporting Misuse of Grant Funds The Club must report any potential and real misuse or mismanagement of grant funds to the District. This reporting fosters an environment in the Club that does not tolerate the misuse of grant funds. Back to MOU Form