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LCIF Committee

The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Committee is composed of one member from each District in Multiple District 34. It shall be the duty of the District Governor to appoint a member from his/her District and to confirm that he/she will serve. The Council, at its first meeting, will appoint a Chairman and a Vice Chairman for this Committee. The committee may recommend or review grant applications submitted to LCIF on behalf of the Multiple District, Districts, or Lions entity as requested.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. LCIF meets vital needs of humanity that are beyond reasonable capabilities of local Lions acting alone. LCIF receives grant applications from all parts of the world where Lions have taken the initiative in solving problems beyond their local financial means. The Foundation makes certain that all donated monies are channeled into well-planned and controlled projects. LCIF is governed by a Board of Trustees totaling 21 members. The Immediate Past International President serves as Chairman. This Board meets three times each year and reviews all grant applications that meet the Foundation’s grant criteria and regulations. Current grant categories include:

Matching grants (previously called standard grants) are large-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.

SightFirst grants target preventable and reversible blindness worldwide but particularly in developing countries. Lions have built or upgraded hundreds of Lions eye hospitals, trained eye health care workers and provided sight-saving surgeries.

District & Club Community Impact Grants are available from local club donations may be made throughout the year, and grants can be applied for in the following Lions year. The District & Club Community Impact Grant requires a US$5,000 minimum donation for clubs and a US$10,000 minimum donation for districts. The minimum donation must be achieved within the fiscal year (i.e. July 1 – June 30).

Specific Grant Programs that support the global causes of LCIF Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, Vision, Childhood Cancer, and Youth.

Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts affected by a natural disaster that affects at least 100 people, including tornados, hurricanes, floods, and typhoons. LCIF typically awards over $2 million in emergency grant funding each year for immediate disaster relief.

Designated grants represent restricted funds that LCIF handles for donors supporting a particular cause. Money is spent solely as directed; funds are not applied to the general humanitarian grant fund. Recent designated funds include tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Lions’ measles initiative.