The District 7620 Grants Committee is excited to announce its first round of grant funding for Rotary Year 2022-2023. Supporting 16 projects for a total of $51,410 of district-designated fund funding (DDF), these district grants will impact many areas of community and global efforts, including Basic Education and Literacy, Environment, Water and Sanitation, and Maternal and Child Health. These projects will invest over $118,000 into community progress, including the DDF funding, club funding, and partnership funding to address critical needs. The 16 projects include:
Maternal and Child Health
- Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic Flood Assistance sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Rockville and Potomac – DDF Support $5400
- Backpacks for Bright Futures School Supply Distribution sponsored by Rotary Club of Carroll Creek – DDF Support $5000
- Helping Kids Eat Weekend Meal Program sponsored by Rotary Club of Bethesda-Chevy Chase – DDF Support $3000
- Hot Meals for Needy in Mount Airy sponsored by Rotary Club of Mount Airy – DDF Support $1300
- Jacsonville Haiti Medical / Dental Clinic sponsored by Rotary Club of Ellicott City – DDF Support $5000
- War Relief Project in Odesa, Ukraine sponsored by Rotary Club of Rockville – DDF Support $5000
- Gopinathabetta Watershed Project sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Capitol Hill and College Park – DDF Support $3000
Basic Education and Literacy
- Teacher Training – Niger Africa sponsored by Rotary Club of Montgomery Village – DDF Support $5000
- Oseno Primary School sponsored by Rotary Club of Capitol Hill – DDF Support $1500
- Guatemala City Children’s Library sponsored by Rotary Club of Howard West – DDF Support $1500
- Scholarships for Career and Tech Certifications sponsored by Rotary Club of Prince Frederick – DDF Support $5000
- Howard County ECE Parent-Student Engagement sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Ellicott City, Columbia, Columbia Town Center, Elkridge, and Howard West – DDF Support $3150
- Essential Services to Students at Howard Community College sponsored by Rotary Club of Howard West – DDF Support $1140
- Teteman Sanitation and Hygiene Project sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Capitol Hill and Metro Bethesda – DDF Support $4670
- Food Banks / Rotary Green Bag Project sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Ellicott City Sunrise and Ellicott City – DDF Support $1000
- Monarch Butterfly Garden – Marriotts Ridge High School sponsored by Rotary Club of Columbia Town Center – DDF Support $750
The District received a diverse set of applications for matching DDF for community grants and took considerable measures to be of assistance to club grant writers, follow the Four-Way Test, maintain transparency throughout the process and examine submitted content to evaluate and recommend this year’s district DDF-Share community grant approvals. These grants are smaller local or global efforts that can be completed by May 15, 2023. They must adhere to RI and District 7620 guidelines including clear objectives, detailed project design, clear measurements, demonstrable sustainability, and be financially feasible. As there are still 2022-2023 DDF-Share funds available for clubs wishing to apply for community grants, we are conducting a second round of applications in accordance with the following parameters:
- All 2022-2023 MOU eligibility requirements still apply for the second round applications.
- The closing period for “Submitted for District Approval” grant applications will end no later than 11:59pm, July 31, 2022.
- If your club currently has a 2022-2023 grant in DACdb “Draft” you may complete the application and “Submitted for District Approval” no later than 11:59pm, July 31, 2022.
- Announcement of Approved second round grants will occur early August with release of DDF funds soon thereafter.
- Global Grants (minimum $30,000, required Community Assessment, multiyear, etc.) continue to be submitted through the MyRotary.org application process.
To learn more about these projects or the District grant funding opportunities, please contact Grants Committee Chair B.J. Chamberlain-Skinner (email@example.com).