Disaster Recovery Trust

Rebuilding communities in the long term is just as important as responding following the immediate aftermath of disasters.

A helping hand for the long term.


As well as supporting in the immediate aftermath, Rotary is able to use our network of clubs across the globe to introduce sustainable, community development projects in the longer term.

The Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust is a registered charity (number 1119688), established in 2007, which collates donations and makes grants to Rotary projects working to rebuild communities.

Since then the charity has continued its work with the purpose of responding to major disasters at home and abroad in the reconstruction phase following a disaster.

Typical projects include constructing and equipping school and community centres, rebuilding infrastructure and providing rescue vehicles.

Over the last three years, the Disaster Recovery Trust has collated funds for earthquakes in Italy, New Zealand and Nepal, flooding in the UK, Ireland and Pakistan as well as hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Latest updates from the Trust, including the response to previous and current appeals can be read in the Trust’s newsletter (published January 2021).

To keep up to date with the ongoing work of the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust, head to their Facebook Page. 


Current appeals

Europe Flood Appeal

Following catastrophic floods across northern and central Europe during July 2021, the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust has launched an appeal to help long-term community rebuilding.

The flooding has been caused by record rainfall, with countries Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands badly affected. As of 20th July, over 180 people have died, with hundreds missing and tens of thousands forced to abandon their homes.

If you would like to support the appeal, you can via our Virgin Money Giving online payment option, clicking the button below, or see further ways to give at the bottom of this page.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


Apply for funding

Rotary clubs are eligible to apply for funding from the Disaster Recovery Trust to create and implement sustainable, community development projects for areas recently affected by disasters.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Disaster Recovery Trust page within My Rotary. Please note this area is only accessible to Rotary members.


Supporting the Disaster Recovery Trust

If you would like to support the Disaster Recovery Trust, you can:

  • Send a cheque – made payable to Rotary International in GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, B49 6PB
  • Use our online payment option through our Virgin Money Giving website.
  • Contact the Finance department for bank transfer information

Please note that all donations are subject to a 2% administration charge to support the running of the trust, and in the event that no suitable project can be found within a period of five years, the donations will be transferred to the Disaster Recovery Trust’s General Fund.

Unless an appeal has been specified your donation will be allocated to our ‘General Disaster Fund’.