Rotary Programs of Scale

Rotary offers four different types of grants. The largest is the Rotary Programs of Scale grant. Every year, the Rotary Foundation awards at least one US$2 million grant through Programs of Scale to a 3- to 5-year project aligning with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus.

The Programs of Scale grants are designed to amplify the impact of programs that Rotary clubs and districts have been diligently working on, programs that have already demonstrated measurable success. The ultimate aim is to extend the reach of these programs in order to benefit more people and foster positive change on a larger scale.

Programs are sponsored by a Rotary club or district and are led by Rotary members but are implemented alongside experienced partners like NGOs, private institutions, government entities, or Rotary Action Groups.

Successful applications must include cash contributions totaling a minimum of US$500,000 from one or more program partners outside of Rotary. While Rotary is required to have a leadership role, these contributions ensure that project partners are also committed to the long-term success and sustainability of the project.

Prior recipients

2024: Two programs of scale grants Programs of Scale grants were awarded in 2024.

Partners for Water Access and Better Harvests in India

This program is designed to improve the livelihoods of over 60,000 rural farmers in India by implementing sustainable agriculture and water management practices. The goal is to increase groundwater availability for farming by 40%, improving crop yield and productivity and increasing farmers’ income by 25-30%. Learn more.

One Million Healthy Mothers and Newborns.

Maternal and infant mortality rates in Uganda are among some of the highest in the world. This initiative aims to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by 35% in at least 200 public health centers. The program provides a community outreach program, newborn and maternity care training, and mentoring of health care workers. The grant will also provide for ambulances and medical equipment, such as portable ultrasound technology. Learn more.

2023: United to End Cervical Cancer in Egypt.

This is a four-year campaign to reduce the number of cervical cancer cases in the greater Cairo region by increasing awareness of cervical cancer and how to prevent it. The implementation experience and data collected through this program will inform the national strategy of the Egyptian government toward eliminating cervical cancer, considered one of the most preventable cancers. Learn more.

2022: Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria

This project aims to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates by improving health-seeking behavior and quality care for pregnant women, mothers, and newborns in Nigeria. The project will provide education and training for quality care, knowledge of the timing and spacing of healthy pregnancies, and full adoption of the national system for death surveillance and response. Learn more.

2021: Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia

This is a malaria elimination program that aims to reduce cases of severe malaria and death among pregnant women and children under 5. The program will reach 1.2 million people. Learn more.

To learn more about each of these projects, visit Programs of Scale. Rotary members must be logged in to My Rotary in order to visit some of the links.