Sidcup Rotary Club

District 1120   RI Club No 19449

Founded 1935

The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International has a membership of over 1,200,000 people worldwide, and is able to be a considerable force for good. Rotarians give service in their local communities and on a national and international scale. They also raise funds for local and international projects, and contribute to their own charity, The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

The Rotary Foundation then makes available grants to the donor Rotary clubs for larger projects, sometimes matching the money raised locally by their donor clubs.

One of the major achievements of TRF is the programme known as Polio Plus.    Click here to learn more about the latest phase, ‘End Polio Now’.

Sidcup’s Foundation Committee has the aims of promoting fund raising for TRF by the Sidcup Rotarians, and of assisting them to qualify for Rotary Foundation grants for their own efforts.

Global Grants

Global Grants support scholarships for graduate students studying abroad in one of the six areas of focus. Scholarships range from one to four years and therefore can include an entire degree programme. Prospective scholars must show proof of admission to the chosen university before the grant will be approved. The Foundation does not require global grant scholars to carry out ambassadorial duties but the scholarship sponsor may encourage participation in club events or service projects. Global Grant scholarships are funded using cash and/or the District Designated Fund, matched by the World Fund. The Global Grant budget must total at least US$30,000, but a scholarship may be a component of a larger grant application — for example, a scholarship plus a humanitarian project.

In the academic year 2014/15 we hosted Global Grant Scholar Jasmine Segall from USA. She was sponsored by an American Rotary and spent one year studying for a post-graduate degree in Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics. She is currently training as a Peace Corps Community Economic Development Volunteer in Costa Rica.