A District Grant (DG) is a block grant to District 6000 from The Rotary Foundation. This grant is a tool that District 6000 uses to support short-term projects initiated by clubs in District 6000 called Community Service Grants. Funds are distributed to clubs through application to the District 6000 Committee which decides the merit of each application and the degree to which they should be funded.

Community Service Grant Applications must be received by the due date on the application; late applications will not be accepted. The D6000 Committee will review applications and select proposals for funding at their Fall meeting. Due to the large number of applications received and the limited amount of money available the process has become competitive. The following criteria are used to evaluate each application.

1. Benefit to disadvantaged people, the extent to which the grant will address needs of people who face mental, emotional, physical and/or economic challenges. (1-30 points).
2. Benefit to Rotary's public image, the extent to which the project be visible to people of the community and will be widely appreciated.  The community will know that a grant from The Rotary Foundation helped finance the project and the community understanding of Rotary will be enhanced. (1-15 points). 
3. Club contribution ratio, the comparison of the amount of funding provided by the club to the total community community service grant requested (1-15 points).
4. Member involvement, the extent to which Rotarians will participate in implementation of the project.  Member involvement is expected to be direct hands-on work with beneficiaries.  Grant writing, public relations and fundraising are not considered. (1-15 points).
5. Club support for The Rotary Foundation, the applicant club's current and historical financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation. (1-25 points).

Due to the way these criteria are structured, grants viewed as humanitarian in nature will likely be funded in preference to civic projects. While Rotary has a rich history of both humanitarian and civic work, the committee looks to the Rotary Foundation for guidance in allocating these funds.  

We hope the early selection process will allow most clubs receiving a grant to complete their project by June 30 in the Rotary year that the grant was awarded. The awarded funds are distributed as soon as they are received from Rotary International. There is a maximum US$ limit of $5000 per club and each club must provide a match of least one dollar cash or sweat equity for each dollar awarded.

Community Service Grants must adhere to policies that govern all Rotary Foundation grant programs and also abide by District guidelines. Please become familiar with these rules. When clubs apply for grants that do not correspond with these terms and conditions, it only causes frustrations on the part of the applying club and the Grant committee who has to live by the guidelines set out by Rotary International.

Please, do not feel intimidated by the granting process. We have tried to make it as straightforward and user friendly as we can. We have a highly respected Foundation and the checks and balances Rotary has in place are designed to maintain that reputation.

If you have questions please contact: 

Norlan Hinke
C) 563-219-5020


Todd Wheeler
C) 515-344-1476