Providing Clean Water

Rotary's Area of Focus

Clean Water

Water and Sanitation

Rotary supports activities and training to provide access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Area of Focus Statement of Purpose and Goals

TRF enables Rotarians to ensure that people have sustainable access to water and sanitation by:

  1. Providing equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene;
  2. Strengthening the ability of communities to develop, fund and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems;
  3. Supporting programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation and hygiene;
  4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to water and sanitation.

Parameters for Eligibility

TRF considers activities targeting the following to be within the scope of the water and sanitation area of focus:

  1. Access to safe drinking water (i.e. supply and quality);
  2. Access to improved sanitation;
  3. Improved hygiene;
  4. Community development and management of systems for sustainability;
  5. Watershed management and food security plans that depend on adequate water supply;
  6. Water for production (i.e. crops, livestock, etc.);
  7. Vocational training teams supporting the above activities;
  8. Scholarships for graduate-level study in programs related to water and sanitation.

Elements of Successful Humanitarian Projects and Vocational Training Teams

Global grants are:

  1. Sustainable – communities are able to address their water, sanitation and hygiene needs after the Rotary club/district has completed its work;
  2. Measurable – sponsors can select standard measures for their area of focus from the Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit or use their own measures to show the good results of their work;
  3. Community driven – designed by the host community based upon the needs they have identified;
  4. Aligned with an area of focus – as defined in the policy documents.

Elements of Successful Scholarships

Global grants support graduate-level scholarships for career-minded professionals. TRF considers the following when evaluating global grant scholarship applications:

  1. The applicant’s previous work experience in the field of water and sanitation;
  2. Academic program alignment with water and sanitation. Examples of academic programs include water science/engineering, water management, environmental science, epidemiology, and parasitology;
  3. The applicant’s career plans as they relate to water and sanitation.