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 (formerly known as the Donations Trust) is a registered charity, 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 Donations 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.


Current appeals

UK and Ireland Flood Appeal

This long-standing appeal has been reopened following the recent flooding.

Further flooding is expected over the coming weeks with dozens of flood warnings already in place.

Donations can be made via our online payment option on Virgin Money Giving using the button below. Alternative donation methods can be found below.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


Caribbean Hurricane Dorian

On Sunday 1st September, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, with sustained winds of over 185 mph and gusts of up to 220 mph.

It is the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas and is the joint strongest to ever hit strike land in the Atlantic.

The Trust has re-opened the Caribbean Hurricane appeal following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

According to the International Red Cross, 45% of homes on Grand Bahama and the Abaco have been severely damaged and destroyed – roughly 13,000 properties. The United Nations has predicted that 60,000 people will need food and clean water.

Donations can be made via our online payment option on Virgin Money Giving using the button below. Alternative donation methods can be found below.

This appeal will close on 31st December 2019.

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 – please note that despite the Trust’s recent name change, cheques should still be made payable to Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Donations 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’.