Matching Grants assist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying out humanitarian World Community Service projects in cooperation with Rotarians in another country. The Rotary Foundation provides matching funds to clubs and/or districts for relatively small, one-time-only humanitarian service projects. Grants are awarded for a wide variety of projects such as agriculture, water, medical care/equipment, combating diseases, aiding the disabled, literacy and numeracy, and educational/occupational training. The project must involve active personal Rotarian participation.
The Foundation provides up to a one-to-one match of club and district funds, with a maximum grant of US$50,000. Starting 1 July 2002, the Foundation will provide a US$0.50 match for every US$1 cash contribution. It is important to note that this change does not affect District Designated Funds that are used as Matching Grant sponsor contributions.
The most important point to remember about Matching Grants is that they are a tool for Rotarians to use to complete humanitarian service projects. Each project represents a partnership between Rotarians in different countries — a partnership struck with the ideal of service as the goal.
IPP Gabe Trias (2nd from right) watches the installation of a billboard at Cavite Economic Zone for a Matching Grant Project #20193 submitted by the Rotary Club of Tsuchiura South, District 2820-Japan and the Rotary Club of Cavite Export Processing Zone, District 3810-Philippines to help provide measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccinations for 425 children of Cavite Economic Zone workers ages 1-2 years. The Matching Grant, spearheaded by AG Maeng Mercado, was awarded in the amount of US$2,000.00.