Programs of The Rotary Foundation

Through Rotary Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians and other donors help change the world. Rotary clubs and districts are providing clean water, improving the environment, sponsoring scholarships, and helping reach Rotary's No. 1 goal, eradicating polio.

Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands to eradicate polio. They’re working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease, despite weak infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife prevailing in many countries. Since the PolioPlus program began in 1985, more than 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge is The Rotary Foundation's response to $355 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help wipe out polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus counts toward the $200 million match.

Humanitarian Grants Program
District Simplified Grants support the local and international service activities of Rotary districts.

Matching Grants provide matching funds for the international service projects of Rotary clubs and districts. Read more about funding projects.

Educational Programs
Ambassadorial Scholarships send undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad while supporting Rotary's mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

Group Study Exchange (GSE) supports travel for teams of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotary hosts organize an itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest.

Rotary Peace Fellowships support graduate students and professionals in fields related to peace and conflict resolution. Each year, up to 110 fellows study at one of the Rotary Peace Centers around the globe.

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Visiting Group study Exchange team from California

At Bradford West we have sponsored Group Study Exchange students, and acted as hosts for incoming students. Individual Rotarians have been councillors for incoming Peace and Ambassadorial scholars.

We are active supporters of the Polio Plus campaign.

To raise funds for the Rotary Foundation our Foundation chairman holds a weekly raffle where the prize is usually a bottle of fine wine. Occasionally it is a bottle of not so fine wine.

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The Group Study Exhange Team from Venezuela meeting with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford



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