Starting next 1 July, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team will be required to conduct a community assessment first and include the results in their grant application. As you work with Rotarians in your district who are planning grant projects, please make sure they know about this part of the application and how the assessment can help them plan an effective project. You might also include the information in upcoming district seminars.
Assessing the strengths, weaknesses, needs, and assets of the community you’re helping is an essential first step in planning an effective project. Not only do assessments lead to projects that have the most meaningful impact. The process itself builds valuable relationships, involves residents in decisions that will shape their communities, and encourages them to participate in making lasting improvements. Most important, projects that are informed by community assessments are more sustainable. And remember, planners can use district grant funds to conduct the assessment.