Over a Century of Doing Good in the World

 

 
About the International Service Committee
 
Consistent with The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC's International Service Committee (ISC) identifies projects, contributes to funding, and oversees and reports on the completion of projects located around the world.

The ISC funds and oversees international humanitarian projects that align with The Rotary Foundation’s mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Recent projects have focused on maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, and economic and community development. 
 
Small Grants -- The ISC funds small grants for humanitarian projects that demonstrate a need for small capital items or "seed money" for a special service that provides direct and tangible benefits.
 
Global Grants -- The ISC contributes to funding of global grants, approved by The Rotary Foundation,  in partnership with other Rotary Clubs, that demonstrate long-term sustainability and impact.
 
Click here for a list of highlighted past projects.
 
Funding
 
ISC project funding comes from a variety of sources to include:
 
  • Club fundraisers, e.g., the DC Duck Race
  • Matching funds from the Rotary District and the International Rotary Foundation
  • Contributions from the on-site club
  • Matching funds from the on-site district
  • Individual contributions
  • Contributions from co-sponsoring clubs or organizations
  • Contribution from the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC (from the foundation's annual distribution of 10% of possible proceeds  to international projects).  
     
2017 - 2018 Grant Cycle - Round 2  
The ISC began accepting and reviewing applications for Round 2 on December 6, 2017.  The absolute deadline for applications is January 15, 2018, no exceptions.   Grants will be awarded based on completeness and quality of information, alignment with The Rotary Foundation mission, and availability of ISC funds.  After review and approval by the Boards of the DC Rotary Club and the DC Rotary Foundation, announcements of grant awards will be made in March 2018.
 
2017 - 2018 Grant Cycle - Round 1
The ISC began accepting and reviewing applications for the 2017-2018 Round 1 grant cycle on September 6, 2017.  The deadline for applications was September 30, 2017. Grants are awarded based on completeness and quality of information, alignment with The Rotary Foundation mission, and availability of ISC funds.  After review and approval by the Boards of the DC Rotary Club and the DC Rotary Foundation, announcements of grant awards were made in December 2017.
 
2016 – 2017 Grant Cycle concluded.
The ISC has concluded its request for proposals and awarded all available funds for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. 
 

HOW TO APPLY:  Rotarians applying for a Small Grant (totaling $100 to $5,000) must download and complete the ISC Small Grant -- Short Form application.    DC Rotarians applying for a Global Grant (totaling $40,000 or more) must download and complete the DCRC Global Grant -- Long Form application.   Rotarians from other clubs seeking contributions from the DCRC must fill out the Short Form application and attach a PDF of their TRF Global Grant Application and include the TRF global grant number, if available.    All grants are subject to quarterly reports until projects are completed.

 
Where to Find Forms:  Copies of the ISC's application forms are available on DC Rotary's website --  DCRotaryclub.org/Projects/International Service under "Subpages" in the left column.    For reference, applicants can find summaries of projects most recently approved by our club,  as well as other informational documents from The Rotary Foundation about how to apply for grants.
 
 For more information about the kinds of international projects supported by Rotary, we urge you to check out The Rotary Foundation's website rotary.org.
 
Contacts:
 
Mimi Kanda, 2017-18 Co-chair, mk8601@aol.com
May O'Brien, 2017-18, Co-chair, mayzobrien@gmail.com
Brendan McGinnis, Immediate Past Chair, bmcginnis@thehorinkogroup.org
Maria Nelly Pavisich, Senior Advisor and Past Chair, mnpavisich@yahoo.com
Pamela Stern-Green, Treasurer/Grants Financial Officer, psgreen@verizon.net