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Matching Grants

Matching Grants


Millions of people throughout the world lack access to items and services that many of us take for granted. Through matching grant projects, communities gain access to education, technology, health care, safe places for children to play, and many other life-changing improvements. Matching grants involve identifying what a community needs most, and making it a reality.

Matching grants (previously called standard grants), are larger-scale humanitarian projects that address unmet needs. The project must serve a large population. Grants awarded are between US$10,000 and US$100,000. Matching grants typically provide funds for capital construction and equipment. Typical projects include mobile health units, centers for people who are disabled or blind, eye clinics, major medical equipment, nursing homes, and schools in developing countries.

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

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Examples of recent matching grants include:

  • Japan, District 334-A — US$14,735 was given to Lions in district 334-A to purchase a new auditory sensitivity adjustment system for the Aichi Prefectural Chikusa School for the Hearing Impaired. It is estimated that the new system will benefit 120 deaf and hearing impaired students annually.

  • Mississippi, USA, District 30-M — US$100,000 was given to Lions in district 30-M to team up with the Miracle League Field of Golden Triangle to help build a fully accessible sports facility and sports field. The facility will be open to organizations who serve those who are disabled. It is estimated that this will benefit 300 people in the first opening season.

  • Brazil, District LC-5 — US$75,616 was given to Lions in district LC-5 to help purchase a mobile ophthalmology unit that will provide eye exams in rural areas of São Paulo, Brazil. It is estimated that the unit will benefit 7,500 people annually.


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