Criteria used by the Canterbury Rotary Club’s International Service Committee when assessing the worth of requests for funding.
- Charities should have an International perspective and have local links.
- Charities should to be registered with the Charity Commission or Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.
- Small low profile charities are preferred on the basis that a sum of money given to them would have greater impact than giving to a large charity.
Priorities for “kick starting” a new charity:
- The Charity asking for money should be able to demonstrate the clear objectives for the funding.
- The Charity should be accountable for the spending of the money. They will have to sign a receipt and disclaimer to limit any liability on the club.
- The Committee wishes to maximise the effectiveness of its aid.
- Assistance could be other than financial aid – giving books, tools etc.
Criteria by which we prioritise students requesting funding for overseas project work:
- Applicants should be in full time education at a Canterbury School.
- They will need to have to raise three quarters of the cost of the trip themselves - we will then “top up” with a donation of £250.
- They will have engaged in community environmental or ecological project work themselves. (The usual rate charities charge students for the trip is around £2,250 and students can often raise this though their own fund raising but other Charities charge £4,000. Our approach has been to decline requests when the cost is too high.)
- Students are expected to give a talk to the club on their return.