As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, much has been learned by Rotary Clubs throughout the world about the benefits of using online meeting technology to achieve club goals and to enhance member engagement and greater access to Rotary International resources and a broader variety of outside presenters to participate in club meetings. While no one can dispute the value of in-person meetings and the camaraderie and organizational cohesiveness it promotes, there are times that having an option to participate in meetings virtually could enhance membership recruitment and member engagement when there are complications involved with attending in-person meetings.

The purpose of the District 6220 Technology Grant Program is to allow clubs within the District to apply for matching funds, up to $1200, to allow them to offset the cost of acquiring technology, that will allow them to offer a virtual option for ongoing club meetings and events. Funds available through the grant can be used to purchase computer equipment, projectors, screens, microphones, web cameras and tripods, sound mixing equipment, cables and adapters, sound systems, speakers, and online meeting plans that best meet club needs. Funds cannot be used for club operations outside of using technology for meetings. Funds can also not be used for personnel and staffing costs.

Please note that we have made a one-time allocation of $15,600 dollars to be able to make 13 grants of $1200 each. So the program is competitive and aspirant clubs must make sure that they meet the requirements and criteria set below.

The program is competitive and aspirant clubs must make sure that they meet the requirements and criteria set forth in the documents attached. We have also enclosed some additional reference materials that will list the best practices in making hybrid meetings effective. Please study the materials before you complete and submit your application.

 

Grant Materials:

Technology Grant Program

Technology Grant Application

Guide to Hybrid Meetings

 

Other Hybrid Meeting Resources (YouTube Videos):

Keeping Rotarians Connected: Hybrid Meetings

Keeping Rotarians Connected: Producing Vibrant Meetings

Hybrid Meetings: Lights, Camera, Zoom!

 

If you have any questions regarding the grants program, please feel free to contact;

DGE Balakuntalam Sridhar at (920) 205-4484 or rotariansridharb@gmail.com or

DGN Dave Anderson at (608) 347-4978 or rotarydave6220@aol.com


On behalf of the District Leadership Team we wish you the best.