For which grant should I apply?
There are several types of grants with different criteria. Please read the grant comparison chart for additional information.
Can a club apply for an LCIF grant? Can a Leo club apply for a grant?
The LCIF International Assistance Grant (IAG) is the only grant for which a single club may apply. All other grants require multiple club involvement and/or the District/Multiple District to apply. Leo clubs may not apply for grants, but could be involved with the project under the direction of the club(s) that are leading the project.
How do Lions districts and multiple districts apply for a grant?
For more information about applying for LCIF grant finding, contact LCIF first, then your District or Multiple District Coordinator for additional questions. Call LCIF at 630-468-6769 or e-mail LCIF firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications and supplemental information are available online.
When should a grant application be submitted?
Most applications, including SightFirst grant applications, must be complete and submitted at least 90 days prior to review by the board/committee. View the grant application deadlines. Contact LCIF to verify application dates.
What qualities does LCIF look for in a grant application?
The project must address an important humanitarian need, serve a relatively large population, be cost effective and be beyond local fundraising capability. Also, the budget must show ample funding from local Lions' organizations, have a strong Lions' identity and involvement, and be endorsed by the district cabinet.
Is there grant money available for my individual club?
Most grants require the participation of a district or multiple district. The International Assistance Grant (IAG) program, however, allows a sponsoring Lions club or district to partner with a host club or district in the country where the project will take place. Even though grants to individual clubs are limited, a club can participate in any number of service projects.
Does LCIF offer grants for individual assistance (i.e. scholarships, personal medical expenses, etc.)?
LCIF supports large-scale projects that address unmet humanitarian needs for entire communities. These projects are led by local Lions who identify the need, develop the plan of action and carry out the project. LCIF does not have a grant program that supports individual assistance. These requests are more appropriately directed to the local Lions who often have programs in place to support these types of requests within their communities. Use the club locator to find a club in your area to contact.
How are LCIF grant programs funded?
The vast majority of grant funding is made possible by donations from Lions clubs and individual members worldwide. LCIF does not receive any portion of Lions membership dues. Gifts from foundations, corporations, governments, non-Lions and interest earned on investments also provide funding.
How are LCIF grant-funded programs monitored?
Technical advisors, external evaluators and LCIF staff conduct careful monitoring and evaluation before, during and after the project. International and district leadership are also involved throughout the application and review process.
When are grant reports due and who is responsible for submitting them?
Grant reports are due once a project has been completed so that LCIF has proper accounting of awarded funds and are required in order for districts to be eligible for future projects. The grant coordinator or project administrator should submit these reports. The grant administrator is responsible for ensuring that these reports are submitted to LCIF in a timely manner. All reports should be reviewed and approved by the District Cabinet/Multiple District council before it is sent to LCIF.
Which situations qualify for an Emergency grant?
The LCIF Emergency grant is available to address immediate needs following a natural disaster (i.e. flooding, tornado, hurricane, wild fire, monsoon, typhoon, earthquake, tsunami, etc.) where more than 100 people have been impacted and/or displaced. The maximum award is US$10,000. The District Governor must apply for the grant and provide LCIF with details on the disaster. The Lions must outline a plan of action on how they will use the funds. The grant funds may not be turned over to another relief agency or organization.
Can Lions apply for a Standard grant if the project has already started or if the project is finished?
The Standard grant program is designed to address projects that are in the developmental (planning) stages. The project that LCIF is being asked to fund should not have commenced. Additionally, LCIF does not consider funding projects on a reimbursement basis.
How long do Lions have to collect the local matching funding for Standard grant projects?
If the grant is approved, the Lions have 6 months from the date of approval to secure all the required local matching funding.
How do Core 4 Grants differ from Standard Grants?
Standard grants support a wide-variety of large-scale, Lions-led humanitarian initiatives where the primary funding needs are for equipment or capital construction. Standard grants are matching grants and a maximum of US$75,000 may be awarded.
Core 4 grants are limited to very specific funding priorities in four areas of service: sight, disability, health and youth. The Core 4 priority projects are pre-determined and a Core 4 grant request must fund a project related to the priorities. For a list of the current Core 4 funding priorities, please visit the LCIF website. Additionally, most Core 4 grants match Lions donations on a 3:1 basis. The maximum grant awarded is US$200,000 for most.
Can Lions request a Major Catastrophe grant following a disaster?
MCAT grants may not be requested by Lions at any level. These grants are awarded solely at the discretion of the LCI President and LCIF Chairperson based on disaster situations where the scale and scope of damages and loss of life is severe and wide-spread.