District 5010 Grants Update January 2009 Rotarians in District 5010, and in many cooperating countries are helping to protect the impoverished and those less fortunate. They are making people's lives better by empowering them to take responsibility for their own destinies.
 
As of January 2009 D5010 has twenty nine (29) OPEN GRANTS. Here are some of the projects you are supporting. Sports equipment in Omsk; trail building training at Lake Baikal; kitchen equipment at an orphanage in Biysk; backpacks for homeless students in Homer; playground equipment in Juneau; desks and chalkboards in Vladivostok; a dental project in Dundee; water bore holes in Kenya; public restrooms in Roorkee, India; medical equipment in Barnaul; wheelchairs in Villahermosa MX; an echocardiogram machine for a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal; Volunteer Service Grants to Kenya and Mexico. Twenty two (22) grants are in the pipeline. Some of these will provide mini-libraries in Villa de Alvarez, MX; clean water in Choluteca, MX; fish farming in Kakamega, Kenya; vans for disabled children in Korea; support for three orphanages in Novosibirsk; laptops for the Maechan School in northern Thailand; and computers for a hospital in Krasnoyarsk. A joint effort between Korea and Russian Rotarians in Vladivostok is purchasing cows for a small village nearby. The two-for-one District match worked very well. You used up all of our District Simplified Grant funds. We are applying for the next round of funding and should have $20,000 or so left for this year. We have approved approximately $48,000 for District Simplified Grants this year. Over $130,000 of District Designated Funds (DDF) has been approved for the various Matching Grants. There are still funds available, but applications for Matching Grants need to be in our hands no later than 01 March 2009 so we can review and process them prior to the 31 March deadline for The Rotary Foundation. The 3H (Health, Hunger and Humanitarian Aid) Grant issued in 2006 to the Vlad Central and Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Clubs for $330,000 is in its final year of establishing Health Fair Centers in Russia. Health Fairs are conducted regularly in sixteen (16) Russian cities, plus mobile health fairs have extended primary and preventive health care to many remote villages. We encourage you to develop projects in your community or around the world. Please keep in mind that grants need to show Rotarian involvement. Also be aware that our District requires reports every six (6) months, while The Rotary Foundation (TRF) requires reports every twelve (12) months, or at the end of the grant period. District 5010 Grants Subcommittee: Will Files, Chair; Heather Beggs, Karl Schroeder, Interior AK; Tatiana Klepikova, Central Siberia and the RFE; Alexander Shebalin, Western Siberia; Mary Kowalcyzk, Southeast; Kathleen Madden, SouthCentral; PDG Gayle Knepper and Tim Allen, Ad Hoc Advisors. PDG Alana Bergh, DRFC. For more information contact Wil Files: will@wfiles.us