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Diabetes Grants

Diabetes Grants


Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or does not properly use insulin. Diabetes can lead to serious health complications and premature death. The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 and continues to rise, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO also projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030.

Diabetes grants can provide Lions with grant funding up to US$250,000. Projects typically support diabetes prevention, education, and improved access to treatment for underserved populations. Projects can include enhancing and expanding diabetes camps, supporting comprehensive diabetes screening events, increasing access to high-quality health facilities that provide diabetes services, and improving the knowledge of health care professionals. LCIF also supports diabetic retinopathy programs through SightFirst.

The applications for diabetes grants are due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the LCIF Board of Trustees meetings, which take place in January, May, and August. Click here to view the next application deadline.

Materials for diabetes grants:

Examples of recent diabetes grants include:

“Group Lifestyle Balance Program” (Pennsylvania, USA): A project approved for the implementation of ten 12-month group lifestyle balance sessions targeting 150 pre-diabetics. The project also aims to inform 158,337 individuals across three counties on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes.

“Diabetes Detection Project” (Manitoba, Canada): A project approved to support the screening of 3,500 at-risk individuals using Canada’s Public Health Agency’s CANRISK screening tool. The project also aims to organize 50 diabetes education sessions and screening events, during which 40 Lions will serve as Diabetes Champions who will be trained to conduct diabetes risk assessments in their communities.

“Diabetes Screening and Prevention Project” (North Santander, Colombia): A project approved to train 20 healthcare professionals in diabetes prevention, screening, and healthy lifestyle promotion. During the two year project, 5,000 low-income individuals will be screened for diabetes, and 3,000 youth will participate in outdoor activities to promote physical activity.


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