Although Lions reside all around the world, they know they are a part of an international family. Lions are able to bring that family a little closer together through humanitarian service programs made possible by International Assistance Grants (IAGs). IAGs enable Lions clubs in developed countries to partner with Lions clubs in lesser-developed regions on projects that make a real difference for communities. IAGs fund international assistance programs focused on basic health care, education and literacy, clean water and sanitation, rural development and self-sufficiency programs, services for people who are blind and otherwise disabled, and environmental protection.
IAGs can also be considered for Lions' international medical missions and larger-scale Lions' eyeglass recycling centers that have a demonstrable impact on serving Lions in developing countries.
The International Assistance Grants program awards grants between US$5,000 and US$30,000 on a matching basis. A district may have only one IAG in process or approved at any one time.
Due to the establishment of the new LCIF Board of Trustees, board meeting times and some grant application deadlines have changed. After January 2016, applications for International Assistance grants requesting more than US$10,000 are due no later than 90 days prior to the start of board meetings. Applications will now be reviewed in January, May and August. The next deadline for IAG applications over US$10,000 is October 7, 2016.
Examples of recent International Assistance Grants include:
- France, District 103-CC — A grant of US$9,700 was awarded to Lions in District 103-CC to expand a rural primary school in the village of Ambohitsaratany, Madagascar, allowing more children to attend school. It is estimated that the new school expansion will be able to accommodate 240 children annually.
- Japan, District 337-A — A US$16,500 grant was given to Lions in District 337-A to renovate fire engines from Japan for the Philippines through an International Assistance Grant.