Rotary Foundation global grants will soon require community assessments
Starting 1 July 2018, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team will be required to include community assessment results in their application. Whether or not you apply for a Foundation grant, a community assessment will guide the planning and implementation of any project, small or large, to make sure it succeeds and makes the maximum impact. Take advantage of the Rotary assets below to help with assessments: 
 
 
Starting 1 July 2018, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team will be required to include community assessment results in their application. Whether or not you apply for a Foundation grant, a community assessment will guide the planning and implementation of any project, small or large, to make sure it succeeds and makes the maximum impact. Take advantage of the Rotary assets below to help with assessments: 
  • A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) can enhance community engagement and ensure project sustainability by empowering local leaders to pioneer change. RCCs are teams of non-Rotarian community members — farmers, teachers, shop owners, or retirees, for example — who work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. They’re committed to their communities’ long-term development, and they bring enthusiasm and creativity to the projects they design and carry out.
  • Talk with your district international service chair. He or she can refer you to local experts through the District Resource Network to help develop projects and global grants that have greater impact and sustainability. 
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts from a Rotarian Action Group. RAG members help clubs and districts plan and implement high-impact projects within their respective area of expertise. Check the group directory or view a list of action groups and contact a group to get started. 
For more information, review Rotary’s Community Assessment Tools and refer to the Project Lifecycle Resources.