Posted by Ron Denham

A few years ago The Rotary Foundation and WASRAG combined to offer the PPP (Program Planning and Performance) program.  This program funded travel and accommodation expenses to, and in, a host country for Rotarians from an international partner club.  The goal was to provide more effective pre-planning of grant requests.

That program ended some years ago – but the need still exists.  TRF’s requirements have expanded to include:

  • A hydrological survey (for boreholes) prior to approving a grant.

  • Adequate documentation on all relevant software – training, capacity building, behaviour change – as well as a plan for Monitoring and Evaluation.

  • A plan for ensuring long-term funding for ongoing Operations and Maintenance.

These changes demand more commitment and participation in the planning process from all parties PRIOR to submitting the grant request. Often this will call for a visit to the host club by Rotarians from the international partner club(s).

WASRAG has recognized this need and wishes to encourage joint planning, but many Rotarians hesitate to make such visits at their own expense. We are happy therefore to tell you that the Canadian Rotarian Water Foundation will provide a maximum of $10,000 (CDN) to support travel, accommodation and other necessary expenses for Rotarians to work jointly with the host club in preparing a grant request to TRF, or to the Canadian Rotary Foundation.

Requests for this funding must be submitted by the Host club and must include estimates of proposed expenditures. Upon agreement, CRWF will pay 50% of the requested funds up front. The balance will be paid after the visit on submission of detailed receipts.

CRWF reserves the right to reject such applications if the proposed project is not compatible with Rotary International’s WASH Area of Focus or does not support WASRAG’s mission—support for Rotary clubs and/or districts.

We would very much appreciate your bringing this information to the attention of Canadian clubs in your district.  More details of this policy can be found in the attached document.

Yours in Rotary

PDG Ron Denham
Chair - Canadian Rotarian Water Foundation
Chair-emeritus, WASRAG
(416) 596-3607