The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded The Rotary Foundation an additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication.

The Gates Foundation awarded challenge grants to The Rotary Foundation in 2008 and 2009, totaling $355 million, to help end polio.  In response, Rotary committed to raising a total of $200 million by June 30, 2012.

The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation, which is not a challenge grant,is in recognition of Rotary’s early achievement of the $200 million milestone and of the need for continued funding support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.