Preparing a Quality Grant Application ! - At LCIF Conclave, 2013 Kolkata, West Bengal.
Helps Lions respond collectively and effectively to major global humanitarian concerns Enables Lions-to-help-needy…especially in times of calamity and disaster Funds projects too big for districts/clubs to do on their own
Develops relevant grant-making initiatives to help Lions better serve the world community Leverages Lions’ financial support to raise funds from a growing number of governments, other foundations, and corporations
Standard Core 4 Int’l Assistance LCIF Grant Opportunities Division ManagerSightFirst Emergency Major Catastrophe
What are Standard Grants? Broadest category of LCIF funding Matching funds up to US$75,000 Supports larger-scale Lions projects Bottom Up: Lions identify/develop projects
Mobile Health UnitsHospitals, Nursing HomesStreet Children’s HomesMedical UnitsBlind and Disabled WelfareCentersEye Clinics and ResearchCentersSchools in DevelopingCountries
Funding parameters Primarily capital funding only (bricks and mortar) Funding is for specific projects (not generaloperating support) Must address important humanitarian need Serves a large population
Cost must be beyond local fundraising capabilities Cost-effectiveness imp.< Must have at least 40% margin in Bank Account.Must have FCRA Registration or at least an made anapplication.For new entities of less than 3 years standing mayapply after sanction.
Several clubs need to be involved (min 2-3) Local Lions must raise at least ½ of required localmatching fundsApplication must be endorsed by district cabinet Project must have a strong Lions identity and Lionsvolunteer involvement
Budget Parameters Must show income and expense Need balanced budget Lions funding should be itemized (# clubs?) Show status of each funding source
Send proposal to Multiple LCIF Chairman to reach atleast 15 days before Multiple Council Meeting. Applications due 60 days before board meeting those received early have a faster review Staff pre-reviews applications; clarifications and changes may be requested LCIF Exec. Committee reviews applications that meet all preliminary requirements.
Applications are either approved (sometimes with conditions), tabled (pending further information) or denied LCIF Grant money is not disbursed until local funds are collected
Contact DG Team, LCIF District Coordinator or Multiple LCIF Chairman before applying. Clearly lay out the project’s objectives, including number of beneficiaries Fill out the application in its entirety and submit it ASAP An income and expense budget is needed13
Highlight Lions’ financial contributions and involvement There is no funding for completed projects Download form from LCIF website - www.lcif.org
Plan humanitarian service projects in support from LCIF“ Your single thought can serve millions”