This committee identifies and encourages matching grants with Rotary Clubs from third world countries for international service projects that improve the daily lives of those in the third world country. Members review potential grants and help in the application process when possible. The committee approves potential grants that are forwarded to the club president and district Foundation chairman for district approval and to Rotary International for final approval.
What are matching grants?
Matching Grants are the main function of the Rotary Foundation. The Matching Grant Committee encourages matching grants with Rotary Clubs from third world countries. It reviews the grants and helps in the application process when possible. It approves the grants to be sent on to the club president and district Foundation chairman for their approval. grants are then turned into Rotary International for final approval.
What do matching grants do?
Matching Grants focus on clean water, education and health for developing countries. So a Rotarian from the York club would need to have a contact with a Rotary club in the country that will benefit from the grant. The host country rotary is usually responsible for overseeing the project. It is helpful to have the York Rotarian go to the country that will benefit from the grant and often this is combined with a humanitarian mission trip.
How do matching grants get money?
Money can be from the club and the district from both clubs involved. The Foundation of Rotary International then matches a percentage of the money donated by the clubs and districts.