The 2021-2022 Grant Timeline document needs a slight correction. Actually an important correction. The second virtual GMS is listed as being on March 10. Uh Oh. That’s a boo boo. The date is actually March 18. A revised doc will be uploaded soon, but until then, if you download and/or review that doc, please note the corrected date. We zigged when we should have zagged.
Mike Little has just updated the information sheet describing the Peace Fellow Scholarship application process and criteria, including the necessary clubs and their candidates must take to start the application process. Mike’s contact information is included in this handy two pager.
Yes, it is that time in the Rotary calendar for your club to begin working on grants for the upcoming Rotary year. Below are updated and foundational (pardon the pun) documents to help you prepare for your grant applications.
If you didn’t have a chance to attend the virtual Foundation Workshop on August 1st we are providing the pdfs of the power point presentations below. The the original slides and the videos of the presentations have been already emailed to the registrants for the workshop.
Please consider donating today online to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation on myrotary.org and have your individual donation up to $500 matched with Recognition Points. If you give $100 more than last year, that $100 will be matched 2:1 with Recognition Points. You can just see that Paul Harris Fellow Recognition around the bend, can’t you? Or maybe that next Paul Harris Fellow + level.
Remember you must already have an account set up at myrotary.org as it takes a couple of days for a new account to become active.
An aside-COVID is no match for Rotary
Rotary is beating Polio. We can beat COVID. Take care, be safe!
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Grant Management Seminar scheduled for March 28 has been canceled. With the State of Emergency declaration and the advice of health officials, continuing with the in person GMS was really just not an option. Efforts are ongoing to reschedule, but Colonial Heritage and other facilities are not in a position to schedule dates for large events at this time. Accordingly, facilities are not available to host a webinar due to the closure of our usual facility hosts.
Online Training is Available:
There is training available now at myrotary.org, specific to District 7600, which has met with The Rotary Foundation’s approval as meeting the training attendance requirement for a club to be eligible for a Rotary Grant. The information has been supplied to the Presidents-Elect and a district pmail was distributed by District Governor Clenise. A copy of the instructions are provided below.
A couple of heads up type information: You must have an account on myrotary.org and you will need to also enroll at the E Learning Center. All of the needed instructions are on the document above.
What is provided?
The course has a set of slides specific to District 7600 as well as a series of lessons pertaining to grants in general, scholarships, other global grants, and specifics relating to needs assessment, sustainability, and record keeping.
There are a number of downloadable documents, worksheets, and grant calculators included in the instruction module,
The total coursework is about 2 1/2 hours, but most of the learning blocks can be done in 15 minutes segments and you can download a certificate of completion for each segment for your records. You don’t have to take the entire training in one sitting. You can come back later or on a different day and resume the training.
After taking a 23 question quiz (passing is 80%) you can print a grant eligibility certificate. If needed you can take the test again. Also, you can revisit the training module to review specific information.
Cancelation of April 18th District Training Assembly:
The DTA has also been canceled. If and when it can be rescheduled, (provided facilities are booking events) we may be able to schedule a GMS concurrently with that event. At this point, it is not known when or if that rescheduling would meet the timing requirements for the GMS.
Please spread the word about Giving Tuesday coming up on April 7, 2020, when each dollar contributed to The Rotary Foundation will be matched one-for-one.
Contributions must be made to the Annual Fund;
Contributions will be matched one to one with recognition points up to an individual contribution of $500;
The contribution must be made online on Tuesday, April 7 at ‘My Rotary” at rotary.org;
In addition, increased contributions over last Rotary year to the Annual Fund will b matched with recognition points two-for -one increased dollars (see examples below);
Your ‘My Rotary’ account must be set up in advance of April 6, as it takes a day or two for new accounts to become active;
Paul Harris Fellows + 8 are ineligible for the recognition points, as such points do not count toward Major Donor Status.
This is an excellent opportunity to help move your members to the next level of Paul Harris Fellowship and have your contributions count double. This may also be an excellent time to elevate your club to ‘100% Paul Harris Fellow’ Status- a one-time club recognition. Please let me know if you have any questions Status
Joan gave $200 to the Annual Fund during Rotary year 2018-2019 (last Rotary year). This year she gives $250 online to the Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday. She is awarded 200 recognition points for the first $200 and 100 recognition points for the increase of $50, total 300 points.
Phil gives $500 online to the Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday. He decides to do the same this year. Phil receives 500 recognition points and goes to the next higher level of Paul Harris Fellow.
Hector is very generous and gives $750 online to the Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday. His contribution is matched with 500 recognition points (the maximum allowed).
Judy is a new Rotarian and has never given to The Rotary Foundation before. She is excited about what The Foundation does. Judy contributes $450 online to the Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday. She receives 350 recognition points (one-for-one match) and 200 recognition points (two-for-one match). Judy is recognized as a new Paul Harris Fellow.
Stephen Beer District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair email@example.com
This article is a reprint from the January 2020 Spirit of 7600, just in case you missed reading it there.
Each year since the 2013-2014 new grant process began, the grant funds available have grown as have the size and variety of district grants. District grant policies have fostered multi-club grants, regularized the grant application process, and auditing procedures have improved the stewardship of district grant funds.
In the 2019-2020 Grant year, District 7600 had almost $153,500 in designated funds to dispense and hosted two rounds of grant applications. The second round of grant applications allowed the District Grants Team to award almost all of the district designated funds (DDF) available. With clubs joining each other on grant projects and partnering with other nonprofits and governmental agencies the total financial impact of this year’s district grants totals $263,364. This represents a significant and lasting impact for the communities in central and southeast Virginia.
In total there were 20 district grants awarded. But three clubs double dipped in interesting ways. South Hill came back in Round Two to purchase more benches for its project and the clubs of Warwick at City Center Newport News and Virginia Peninsula joined together in two separate district grants. Double dipping is possible, though any given club may not be awarded more than a total of $5000 DDF.
There were 13 multi-club grants in five of the Areas of Focus. There were ten grant applications which listed Economic & Community Development as the area focus. One club listed both Economic & Community Development as well as Maternal & Child Health as its area of focus. There were seven grants in the Maternal & Child Health Area of focus, and one each in Basic Education & Literacy, Peace & Conflict Resolution, and Disease Prevention/Treatment. There were not grant projects in the Water & Sanitation Area of Focus. In the early days of “Future Vision” the marketing description of our current grant module most of the district grants clustered in the Maternal & Child Health and Basic Education & Literacy Area of Focus.
If you would like to delve more into the District 7600 grants you can visit dacdb.com. After logging in, click on the District Tab and then click on the Grants icon. Your club may come up with some super ideas for your grant projects next year.
Visit the day-long (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) free exhibition about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate Polio at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, in Richmond on October 24th. There will be many neat displays and experiences:
polio artifacts display
virtual reality videos of the eradication efforts around the world
purple pinkie booth
polio banner signing
corn hole relaxation area
All ages will enjoy and learn
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is located next to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which is also free and open to the public. Lunch and snacks are available there as well as a world class exhibit of the world’s most exciting art.
Alumni Social at 6:30
The social ($5) is provided complete with musical entertainment. Cash bar available. Not able to visit during the work day for an hour or so, come later and enjoy the company and stories of Rotary Alumni.
The Peace Fellow application is a demanding but rewarding process, beginning with a club recommendation to the District of a vetted and club endorsed candidate. Then ensues an intense District level interview and further vetting process
Michael Little of the Rotary Club of Richmond is the District’s Peace Fellow Chair and can provide assistance in the process. His contact information can be found in dacdb.com of course.
For your initial information, you can download this fact sheet provided by The Rotary Foundation. The District will have its own internal guidelines and deadlines. Contact Mike for District 7600 specific information.
You can register now for Grant Management Seminar (GMS) on March 16, 2019, on the dacdb.com calendar. Don’t let your club let this opportunity slip by to be eligible to apply for or participate in a Rotary grant.
The District 7600 Rotary Foundation Committee (DRFC) joined other district leaders and committee chairs at our annual training on January 25th and 26th. District Governor Elect, Clenise Platt, and the District Trainer, Mary Landon, led the large group through introduction and communication exercises. All came away from the training enthused and eager to begin our Rotary work under the new theme for 2019-2020, “Rotary Connects the World”
Incoming District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair
Welcome to Stephen Beer as he prepares to begin his three-year term (2019 -2022) as the DRFC Chair while on a water and sanitation grant in Ghana! Saturday he was in Williamsburg at the district training. Tuesday he was in Ghana with Shel Douglas and other team members. More about Stephen and his team coming soon.
90 Day Calendar
The next 90 days will be busy as Rotarians fulfill their goals for the current Rotary year and implement the training and building blocks for the 2019-20 year. How are you and your club doing?
February 16-18 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards -Wakefield
March 1-2 Chesapeake PETS -Presidents-Elect Training – Chantilly
March 16 – Grant Management Seminar-Colonial Heritage (Registration to open around February 15th)
March 16-Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) (1-3) – Fairfax
April 6 – UNC-UNC Peace Conference -Raleigh-Durham
April 6- RLI (1-3) – Norfolk
April 9 – District Golf Outing – Kingsmill
April 20 – Grant Management Webinar – ODU Peninsula Work Center
April 27 – District Training Assembly & Seminars – ODU
Wild rice pilaf (without chicken broth so vegetarians can enjoy it)
Flourless chocolate cake topped with Vanilla Sauce & Chocolate Ganache
Coffee, tea, & water station
How many of these usual suspects do you recognize?
A vegan plate with quinoa & vegetable stuffed green pepper is available and can be selected when you register on dacdb.com
A cash bar reception with light appetizers precedes dinner and attendees may purchase wine by the bottle for their tables.
Would it be the music?
Back by popular demand, we have Jeff Paul at the keyboard and this year he will be accompanied by his vocalist Kathleen Plutz. Showtunes, classics, and some oldie faves are in the repertoire.
Would it be the awards?
Ken Hodge-Past Pierce Award Recipient
Forty-Four clubs will receive Foundation recognitions. Ten Rotarians from the district will receive District Service Awards. The Outstanding Alumni Award and the Pierce Foundation Leadership Award will be bestowed upon two very deserving Rotarians from District 7600. How many of your friends will be among the recipients?
The time is now to register. While you are at it, please register your spouse or significant other, or potential Rotarians, as guests. Wouldn’t suggest registering both your spouse and your significant other. Just a little joke.