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DG Nancy Russell and DGE Steve Puderbaugh have challenged us to put together a Global Grant for our District that will help clubs support Covid-19 recovery in their communities.  Global Grants allow us to take advantage of the 3.5 Rotary Foundation multiplication factor of funds raised for humanitarian projects.  Time is short and the need is great, so we are asking clubs that wish to participate to indicate their needs by May 12th, 2020. The grant number is GG2013174.
DGE Steve has asked PDG Tony Gilmore (Capital City) and Jim Rumrill (Ludlow) to lead this effort in New Hampshire and Vermont respectively.  The District will consolidate the requests from participating clubs and submit a single Global Grant request.  The requirements for this grant are that a minimum of 50% must go to Covid-19 medically-related equipment, supplies, and/or personal protective equipment (PPE); the balance may be made up of a  variety of humanitarian Covid-19 needs such as food banks/shelves. Donors will receive Paul Harris credit.
We recommend that you contact your community medical providers, first responders, and group (i.e. nursing) homes to identify their needs.  For the grant, we will need a letter from the receiving organization(s) describing the equipment/PPE need(s) and show that the organization has the trained personnel to utilize it. We will also need a Pro-forma invoice from the equipment/PPE supplier showing the costs of purchasing the needed items.  Similarly, if you are looking to fund other operations such as food banks, they should provide you with a letter of need with a Pro-forma invoice for the items and dollar amount requested. 
Clubs will need to raise funds for their portion of the Global Grant.  As an example, if your community needs $3,500 to purchase equipment, your club would need to raise $1,000 from club funds or individual contributions. These funds will be matched with $1000 from our district’s Foundation funds and then the Rotary Foundation will add their match of $1500 for a total of $3,500. We have committed up to $50,000 of our District Designated Funds to this grant project so the opportunity is huge.
If you have any questions please reach out to Tony Gilmore (New Hampshire) and Jim Rumrill (Vermont).
As Rotarians, let us band together to apply for this grant to help our individual communities.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Tony Gilmore
Jim Rumrill
On approval of this grant by Rotary, all checks in support of this grant to the Foundation should have GG2013174 in the memo line for proper allocation.