About the International Service Committee

Consistent with The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC’s International Service Committee (ISC) seeks to support the mission of The Rotary Foundation, which is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Washington, DC Rotary Club (DCRC) funds international grants that support humanitarian goals, advocated by Washington, DC club members in partnership with other Rotary Clubs, within Rotary’s six Areas of Focus, that are measurable and host community-driven.

The International Service Committee identifies projects, contributes to funding, and oversees and reports on the completion of projects located around the world. Recent projects have been selected from Rotary’s six Areas of Focus — peace building and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Small Grants — The ISC funds small grants for humanitarian projects that demonstrate a need for small capital items or funding 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 measurable, high impact outcomes. Grants must actively involve Rotarians and community members, respond to real community needs and must provide a community assessment. Projects should align with Rotary’a Areas of Focus and include a plan for monitoring and evaluation using the measures established by TRF for each area of focus.


ISC project funding comes from a variety of sources to include:

  • Annual contribution from the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC (from the DC Foundation’s annual distribution dedicated to international projects constituting 10% of possible proceeds).
  • Club fundraisers.
  • Matching funds from the Rotary District 7620 and Rotary International’s foundation (The Rotary Foundation (TRF)).
  • Contributions from the host country Rotary club.
  • Matching funds from the host country Rotary district.
  • Individual contributions.
  • Contributions from co-sponsoring clubs or organizations.
2019-20 Grant Cycle

The ISC has begun accepting and reviewing applications for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2019. Grants are awarded based on completeness and quality of information, alignment with The Rotary Foundation’s mission, Terms and Conditions and Areas of Focus, and availability of ISC funds. After review and approval by the ISC Technical Review Panel, and the Boards of the DC Rotary Club and the DC Rotary Foundation, ISC grant awards will be announced.

2018 – 2019 Grant Cycle concluded.

The ISC has concluded its request for proposals and awarded all available funds for the 2018-2019 grant cycle.

Are you interested in applying for a grant? You must be a member of a Rotary club to be eligible.


Small Grants: Rotarians applying for a Small Grant (totaling $100 to $5,000) must download and complete the ISC Small Grant — Short Form – FORM 1 application. All grants must identify a host-country Rotary Club that can provide oversight and possible assistance, if needed.

Global Grants: DC Rotarians applying for a Global Grant requesting $100 to $5,000+ from the DCRC (with a minimum total project budget of $40,000 or more) must download and complete the DCRC Global Grant — Long Form – FORM 2 application and must provide the TRF-required Community Assessment.

Rotarians from other clubs seeking contributions to global grants from the DCRC must fill out the Non-DC Club Global Grant Application — FORM 3 application and attach a PDF of their TRF Global Grant Application, which should include the TRF global grant number, as well as the TRF-required Community Assessment (no exceptions).

Reporting Requirements: 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 — in the right 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.


Mimi Kanda, 2019-20 Co-chair, mk8601@aol.com
May O’Brien, 2019-20, Co-chair, mayzobrien@gmail.com

Rotary Foundation LogoTo celebrate its 100th year, The Rotary Foundation recognized 20 global grants that exemplify what a project should be: a sustainable endeavor that aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and that is designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need. These noteworthy projects demonstrate how your club can leverage the resources of the Foundation to do good in the world.

The Rotary Foundation identified Brendan McGinnis, past ISC chair, for his leadership in one of the top 20 global grants, Hands Across Waters, at its 100th Anniversary celebration in 2017.


  • Area of focus: Promoting peace
  • Host sponsor: Rotary Club of Haifa, Israel
  • International sponsor: Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland, Florida, USA; DC Rotary Club, co-partner
  • Total budget: $161,750
  • Background: Israel faces challenges with water scarcity and ongoing conflict.
  • Scope: This water project has a “hidden” peace component: Water challenges form the basis of a science curriculum that helps schoolchildren from different backgrounds in Haifa find solutions peacefully and creatively.
  • Impact: Students from 10 schools worked together to present 38 science projects focused on water and sanitation. One project involving students from three schools won first prize in a national competition. Schools also participated in 15 cross-cultural