Standard grants provide matching funds of up to US$75,000 to expand or initiate Lions' humanitarian projects such as schools, camps and homes for the disabled or disadvantaged youth. Lions have built countless schools and playgrounds, constructed Lions youth camps and shelters, and purchased mobile screening units.
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. All funds raised through Campaign SightFirst II will go toward future SightFirst grants.
Core 4 grants provide up to US$200,000 for large-scale projects that preserve sight, combat disability, promote health or serve youth. In addition to grants for diabetes, low-vision and other sight initiatives, Core-4 grants include funding to assist districts in expanding or implementing Lions Quest, a schools-based life-skills program. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Lions have built countless homes for those in need.
International Assistance Grants (IAG) provide between US$5,000 and $30,000 for projects between Lions clubs in a developed country and Lions clubs in an undeveloped country. Funds assist Lions in crossing borders for humanitarian service. The Lions of Japan hold an annual medical clinic in the Philippines, Lions in California have held eyeglass missions in Latin America and Lions of France have built numerous latrines and water wells in Mali.
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 the tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Campaign SightFirst II.