TRF – Programs

TRF’s programs generally fall under one of three categories:

  1. PolioPlus
    1. More than 2 billion children received oral polio vaccine since 1985. Rotary will have committed near US$650 million to eradicate polio. At year-end 2007 approximately 99% of polio has been eradicated. Polio will soon be a disease of extinction because of Rotary and its partners, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Eradication and the World Health organization.
  2. Educational
    1. Ambassadorial Scholarships – These scholarships were established in 1947 to further international understanding. Rotary’s Ambassadorial Scholarships are among the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship programs. Over 37,000 scholars from 110 countries have served as ambassadorial scholars.
    2. Grants for University Teachers – These grants are awarded to faculty members at Colleges and Universities to teach in a developing country for three to ten months. Over 400 teachers have shared this experience since the start of the program.
    3. Group Study Exchange – GSE provides travel grants for eams to exchange visits between paired areas in countries countries. A team consists of four non-Rotarian young professionals and one Rotarian who leads the group. All Rotarians are eligible to apply as team leaders.
    4. World Peace Scholarships – Each year up to 60 World Peace Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary centers which operate in partnership with seven leading universities: Duke University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; International Christian University, Tokoyo, Japan; University del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina; University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; University of California, Berkeley, California; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
    5. Peace & Conflict Fellowships – The Rotary Peace & Conflict studies program offers a rare professional development opportunity for mid-career professionals in fields related to conflict resolution and peace building.
  3. Humanitariam
    1. Matching Grants – This type of grant is used for a wide variety of qualifying international projects. The Matching Grant matches contributions raised by Rotary clubs and districts for international service projects involving two or more countries. Over US$198 million spent on nearly 20,000 grants in 166 countries has been alloted since 1965.
    2. Volunteer Service Grants – These grants were formerly called Individual Grants. This type of grant subsidizes travel for international humanitarian service in Rotary countries for 5 to 60 days. The funding may be used to plan specific humanitarian projects for future implementation, or to provide direct service to a specific project in a benefiting community.
    3. District Simplified Grants – A DSG is a tool Rotary districts utilize to support short-term, humanitarian projects that benefit the community. These grants are funded through District Designated Funds (DDF) to support projects locally or internationally.
    4. 3-H Grants – The 3-H Grants (Health-Hunger-& Humanity) fund long-term self-help grassroots development projects too large for one club or district to implement on their own. Since 1979, over US$74 million to nearly 300 projects in the developing world have been awarded by The Rotary Foundation.
    5. Blane Community Grants – These grants provide for up to US$1,000 in matching grants funds to U.S. Rotary clubs to help them improve immunization levels in their communities. The grants are intended for new projects in the United States, undertaken by Rotarians together with other community groups, that address immunization needs of underprivileged people of all ages.
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