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Lions Clubs International Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation. USA/Canada Forum 2008. LCIF Grant Programs. LCIF Grant Programs–. Standard Grants : Matching grants of up to US$75,000 for local humanitarian service projects.

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Lions Clubs International Foundation

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  1. Lions Clubs International Foundation USA/Canada Forum 2008

  2. LCIF Grant Programs

  3. LCIF Grant Programs– • Standard Grants: Matching grants of up to US$75,000 for local humanitarian service projects. • Core 4 Grants: Funds special projects in eyesight, disability, health and youth (1 per district). Grants up to US$200,000. • International Assistance Grants: Supports club twinning projects; US$5,000 to US$30,000 (1 per district)

  4. LCIF Grant Programs (cont.) – Emergency Grants: Provides up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by natural disasters Major Catastrophe Grants: Provides up to US$1 million for catastrophic disasters SightFirst Grants: Blindness prevention and sight restoration projects in neediest areas

  5. Standard Grants • Broadest category of LCIF funding • 138 grants in 2006-07 for US$6.6 million • Matching funds up to US$75,000 • Support large scale Lions projects (equipment or construction only- no operating costs) • Bottom Up: Lions identify/develop projects • Provides local impact and community visibility

  6. Standard Grant Review and Approval • Applications due 60 days before board mtg; but earlier submission is recommended • Staff pre-reviews applications; clarifications and changes may be requested • LCIF Exec. Committee reviews applications that meet all preliminary requirements. • Applications are either approved (sometimes with conditions), tabled (pending further information) or denied • LCIF grant money is not disbursed until local funds are collected

  7. Projects that do not meet Standard Grant criteria Individual assistance, such as pre-tuned radios for the blind Eco-ponds or park/landscaping, community centers Some recreational projects for the disabled Projects serving a relatively small number of people

  8. Core 4 Funding Priorities • Preserving Sight • Low Vision Projects • Preschool Vision Screening Program (formerly Photo screening) • Combating Disability • Partnership with Habitat for Humanity • Partnership with Special Olympics “Opening Eyes” • Promoting Health • Diabetes Prevention and Treatment • Serving Youth • Lions Quest Program

  9. Tips for Grant Application • Contact LCIF before applying • Submit application ASAP • No funding for completed projects • Background information on beneficiary organization • Lions financial contributions and involvement • Full contact information • Multiple correspondence is possible

  10. Tips for Grant Application • Consult with PIDs or IDs • Clearly lay out the project’s objectives, including number of beneficiaries • Fill out the application in its entirety • An income and expense budget is needed; the more income collected, the better • Project must be large-scale and one Lions can’t fund on their own

  11. LCIF Staff Can Help As you serve your local and world communities, LCIF staff is here to serve you. Visit the LCIF booth located in the exhibit hall!

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