ISC Leadership:

Dr. Mimi Kanda, 2020-21 ISC Co-chair,
May Yoneyama O’Brien, 2020-21, ISC Co-chair,

2020-21 Grant Cycle
The ISC has begun accepting and reviewing applications for the 2020-2021 grant cycle. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020.
International Services Grants

***2020-2021 ISC Grants Round Notice***
The Washington, DC Rotary Club (DCRC) funds international grants that support humanitarian goals, advocated by Washington, D.C. club members in partnership with other Rotary Clubs, within Rotary’s six Areas of Focus, that are measurable and host community-driven.

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

Small Grants – Directly funds humanitarian projects that demonstrate a need for small capital items or a special service that provides direct and tangible benefits.

Global Grants – Contributes to the 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.

2020 Timeline

Sept. 1 to Oct. 15:  Receiving grant applications.  Send applications to (only Rotarians can apply for grants.)

Sept. 10 6-7pm:  Nuts & Bolts of International Grants Webinar via Zoom

Nov. – Dec:  Recommendations of the ISC Technical Review Panel submitted to the Washington, D.C. Rotary Club and DC Rotary Foundation boards.

December:  Announcement of grant awards.


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

Global Grants: D.C/ 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 ISC Form 2 – DCRC Global Grant 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 ISC Form 3 – Non-D.C. Club Global Grant 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 at the top of this page.  For reference and other materials, those items can be found below.

For more information about the kinds of international projects supported by Rotary, we urge you to check out The Rotary Foundation’s website

Successful Service Grant Example


  • 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