Under the Traditional Grant Model, the Health, Hunger, and Humanity (3H) Grant is the top level grant. It is awarded on a competitive basis for long term projects designed to enhance the lives of intended beneficiaries. The minimum grant size is US$ 30,000 and the maximum is US$ 200,000. These grants were suspended prior to FV roll out due to financial constraints imposed by the flagging worldwide economy.
Matching Grants are administered by The Rotary Foundation under guidelines and procedures developed by TRF. Matching Grants are awarded as a dollar for dollar match to clubs or districts who complete a successful grant application. They are designed to fund smaller projects that can be completed within twelve months. The minimum size for a matching grant is US$ 5,000 and the maximum is US$ 150,000. TRF increased the Matching Grant maximum to US$ 200,000 when it suspended its top level 3H Grant. The average Matching Grant award in 2010-11 was approximately US$ 20,000.
District Simplified Grants are small grants that are administered by Rotary Districts under broad guidelines established by TRF and specific procedures determined by the districts. Essentially, a district could allocate up to 20% of its available District Designated Funds (DDF) to these grants. This works well for districts that have provided substantial contributions to TRF, but districts with minimal contributions (many in poor under developed countries) have minimal access to such grants. The average District Simplified Grant award in 2010-11 was approximately US$ 2,000.
Separate grants are available for Group Study Exchange (GSE) and Certain Scholarships.
Under Future Vision, Matching Grants and 3H Grants are replaced by a single Global Grant. The Global Grant is designed to fund large high impact projects that address one or more of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus. The project must be sustainable, and the grant must include elements that will allow sustainability to be monitored and evaluated. Grants are awarded on a dollar for dollar match against a district's DDF, and on a one for two basis against cash contributions. The minimum grant award is US$ 15,000 to support a minimum project budget of US$ 30,000 and the maximum is US$ 200,000. According to TRF sources, the average grant size is expected to be US$ 45,000. During the pilot period, the average grant size was US$ 55,000.
District Simplifed Grants are replaced by the District Grant. These grants will be awarded by Rotary Districts under guidelines established by TRF and rules as determined by the district. As with the DSG, the amount of funding available for District Grants will be determined by DDF available within the district, and a district may allocate up to 50% of its DDF to District Grants. There is a longer planning cycle when compared to the District Simplified Grant, and there are increased levels of governance. According to TRF's October, 2012 Future Vision Presentation, the average project amount in 2011-12 was US$ 2,696 and we believe a typical maximum project size will be US$ 5,000. This number could be substantially greater for Districts with large DDF, or Districts that elect to fund one or two mid sized projects instead of numerous smaller projects. The opposite is true for Districts with little or no DDF. Although we do not know the average project size for the entire pilot duration, we do know that the average block grant for the pilot duration was slightly higher than 2011-12, therefore the average project size will likely be closer to US$ 3,000 and we believe the practical maximum will remain at US$ 5,000.
Under the new model, Group Study Exchange must be funded through District Grants, however Global Grants for Vocational Training Teams are available.