Programs of Scale Grants

Programs of scale grants are competitive grants designed to respond to a need that a community has identified. They will benefit a large number of people in a significant geographic area using a sustainable, evidence-based intervention with measurable outcomes and impact. Each grant will support, for three to five years, activities that align with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus.

Key points about programs of scale grants

Programs of scale grants should:

  • Address a clearly defined need that reflects community priorities and engages its leaders
  • Be sponsored by a Rotary club or district and implemented with an experienced partner, such as a nongovernmental organization, private institution, or government entity, to assist with program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation requirements
  • Use Rotarian leadership to guide the project to succeed, because these grants should not simply transfer resources to partner organizations
  • Include activities that can be adapted for use by other communities with similar needs


Each year, one approved project will receive $2 million from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. Applicants are strongly encouraged to supplement Foundation funding with resources from multiple other sources.

Grant qualification

Clubs and districts need to be qualified for Rotary Foundation grants to apply. Learn more about the qualification process.

The application process

The Rotary Foundation will award one grant each year in a competitive process that requires a proposal and an application. Applicants should be prepared to include a fully developed and highly sophisticated project design, as well as include baseline data and plans for monitoring and evaluation. The project should involve activities that have proved to be successful elsewhere. The Rotary clubs or districts with the strongest proposals will be invited to submit applications, which will include comprehensive details about the project. Partner organizations can complete the proposal and application along with the Rotary club or district. Incomplete proposals and applications will not be considered.

To get started planning your project, read the terms and conditions, then download the proposal and application guidelines.

Proposals are submitted online through Embark, an application tool outside of My Rotary. Create an Embark account to begin your proposal.

Access proposal

Please note, at this time all Programs of Scale material is only available in English. Similarly, all proposal information and supporting documentation must be submitted in English.

Monitoring and evaluation

Programs of scale grants directly support Rotary’s Action Plan. and the directive to have more information on the impact of our grant-funded programs. Through their design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation process, programs of scale grants will illustrate the value of Rotary’s contribution to resolving critical issues and provide our partners with tangible evidence of the impact of Rotary and the international service of Rotarians.


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