Foundation Update: Register now for required Grant Manger Training Seminar
By Sanjay Deshpande
All Rotary clubs must have at least one member, preferably two, trained at two Foundation Grants Qualification Seminars to be held. 
The purpose of the Grant Manger Training Seminar has four aspects:
  1. Qualify clubs to receive grant funds
  2. Help clubs to understand an implement the Memorandum of Understanding
  3. Understand how to manage a Rotary grant
  4. Learn stewardship expectations
The seminar will help you understand the decision-making power delegated by The Rotary Foundation to districts and by our district to the clubs.
Proper grant management ensures that projects:
  • Meet the needs of beneficiaries
  • Adhere to technical standards
  • Fulfill their objectives
  • Have proper financial controls
  • Safeguard funds
The Rotary Foundation has earned one of the highest ratings among charitable organizations on the strength of its humanitarian programs around the world and the effective use and outstanding stewardship of the funds contributed to the Foundation.
Each and every project that receives a grant contributes the high TRF ranking. Thus, all of us have a crucial role in maintain and improving that ranking.  We do that through regular and timely training and consistently proper grant management.
So, clubs are urged to register at least one member for either of the Foundation Grant Qualification Seminars. There is no need to register for both.
Registration for these seminars needs to be much more than at present. Only 10 different clubs were registered as of this past Saturday. We did 27 District Grant projects in the current Rotary year and should be doing 30 in the next year, which begins this July 1.
Registered clubs to date:
  • Waltham Seminar, Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Nine clubs – Brookline, Framingham, Montachusett Area, Nashoba Valley (2), Northborough, Needham, Sturbridge, Wachusett Area, and Wellesley
  • Leominster Seminar, Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.:  Six clubs – Athol Orange, Montachusett Area, Nashoba Valley, Needham, Wachusett Area, and Wellesley. Five are duplicates with the Waltham seminar.
The 41 other clubs are strongly urged to have at least one member registered for one of the two seminars
Next week, the list of District Grant projects proposed by 30 clubs will be published. These will form the basis for our district's Master District Grant Application, planned to be submitted to TRF before this April 30.
Sanjay Deshpande, chair of the District Foundation Committee may be reached at