Global Grants

Enhancing donations through global grants

Over the past three years Rotary in Harpenden, working with Roundwood Park School and other UK Rotary Clubs, have enhanced both the school’s and our humanitarian grants by factors ranging from 3.5 to 7.0.

This enhancement is achieved through the 100-year-old charity The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Rotary Clubs the world over are encouraged to contribute annually to TRF which invests the money. Three years later TRF is ready to make grants for clubs’ support of humanitarian projects, namely literacy, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation. In 2018 this aid totalled £66 million.

One of the grants made by us and Roundwood Park School was towards a £46,000 water and sanitation project in Malawi being managed by Pump Aid, another UK charity we work with. Thanks to TRF’s global grant process, every £1 donated was worth £5.50 on the ground in Malawi.

Over the last 10 years Rotary in Harpenden have raised more than £28,000 for humanitarian projects, some through our own efforts, some from local schools, a local charity and private individuals. Through The Rotary Foundation’s global grant scheme, those generous donations have been augmented to nearly £99,000.

By the very nature of the criteria for TRF grants most of the humanitarian projects we support are in developing countries. By liaising with local Rotary Clubs or other trusted agencies we know that the funds we raise are being spent as we and our valued donors and partners would wish.

Find out more on the Rotary Foundation website.

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