Posted by Marta Knight, PDG
District Grants:
Congratulations to the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee for the successful submission and approval by Rotary International of the 2019–2020 District Grant Report.
The 2020-2021 District Grants block grant application for $152,233, was submitted and approved by Rotary International. This year we have 46 clubs with 96 grants totaling $150,525, of matching funds. Funds will be wired to our District Grant account. Clubs with approved grants need to make sure that their banking information is correctly uploaded in the matching website so funds can be forwarded.
Global Grants:
There appears to be $10,000 additional DDF for 2020-2021 year.  Janice is investigating. Requests for 2021-2022 grants are starting to come in.
New Grants Policy:
Ad Hoc Committee has been formed to research and discuss both Global and District grant qualification process. With diminishing funds coming in for grants, policies are being reviewed as well as comparing policies of other Districts in our zone, annual club giving and qualifications. More information will be reported on their recommendations.
Grant Stewardship:
All clubs with current Global Grants are encouraged to follow up on reporting by their International partner.  RI is also following up with both Grant partner clubs for reporting updates.
Polio Plus update:
Immunization programs were resumed in July.  YTD 40 cases in Afghanistan and 65 in Pakistan.  Excitingly, I am pleased to report Africa was declared Polio free! Since Rotary began working with polio, we have saved 19 million from paralysis and 1.5 million from death.  If we stop vaccinating, m there will be approximately 200,000 new cases per year.
World Polio Day:
I want to encourage all clubs to start planning World Polio Day activity on October 24, 2020.  
District Foundation Seminar:
Mark your calendars today!  Save the date for our Virtual Foundation Seminar on November 7, 2020.