Foundation Note: District Grant applications to start during this week
By Sanjay Deshpande
Rotarian Jorge Yarzebski, who chairs District 7910’s Grants Subcommittee, and members of that subcommittee have started notifying fully qualified clubs, which had submitted District Grant proposals (the first of the two-step process), that they can start submitting the application online (the second step). The can do so using the D7910 ClubRunner Grants Module, which can be accessed here.
Fully qualified clubs are those that have contributed at least $100 per member to The Rotary Foundation during the 2015-2016 Rotary year that ends this June 30, have signed the ‘16-‘17 Memorandum of Understanding, and have had at least one member receive Grant Management Training.
There are 21 clubs in the group, and they are, alphabetically: Athol-Orange Area, Auburn, Ayer, Bedford, Brookline, Concord, Framingham, Gardner, Leominster, Lowell, Milford, Montachusett Area, Nashoba Valley, Needham, Neponset Valley Sunrise, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Wachusett Area, Wellesley and Westborough. These clubs are eligible for the Full District Grants (up to $1,500) as well as to lead Mentor Grants with clubs that have not qualified.
The qualification status of all 51 clubs in District 7910 as of this June 10 is shown in this table. The 21 clubs listed above constitute Group 1 and are shown at the top of the table in bright green.
Group 2, shown in medium green, includes three clubs – Fitchburg, Hudson and Worcester – that have not signed the ‘16-‘17 MOU.  When they submit the signed MOU to Past District Governor Ed King, who chairs the district’s Stewardship Subcommittee, they will be qualified and eligible for Full District Grants. To participate in the district grants in ‘16-17, these clubs need to take the first step and submit a grant request through the ClubRunner Grants Module.
Group 3, shown in light green, includes only two clubs – Marlborough and Natick – that need to increase their per-capita contribution to The Rotary Foundation to at least $100 from $17 and $10, respectively, as of this June 10. It is possible that contributions made recently have not been recorded and reported yet. When TRF reports the contribution, the two clubs will be eligible for Full District Grants. If not, the two clubs would be eligible for Small District Grants, which are limited to $500. Up to 10 small grants are included in ‘16-’17 year.
Group 4, shown in grey, includes 11 clubs that have been generous in their contributions to The Rotary Foundation but have not complied with the other qualification requirements.
Group 5, shown in red, includes 14 clubs that have per-member contributions to The Rotary Foundation that are well below the $100 threshold\ and have not complied with the other two qualification requirements.
Clubs in Groups 4 and 5 can still participate in ‘16-‘17 District Grants by approaching the 22 fully qualified clubs for the five Mentor Grants available this year. Alternately, they can request Grant Management Training and sign the ‘16-‘17 MOU to qualify for Small Grants.
If you have any questions, please contact either District Grants Subcommittee Chair Jorge Yarzebski at or me, District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Sanjay Deshpande,
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