Allie Stryker 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Standard Grants Improve Local Communities Millions of people in the world lack access to basic items and services that many of us take for granted. Thanks to Standard grants given by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Lions provide these basic items and services for their communities, and the impact is enormous. Just ask Joseph. Abandoned at the age of 6, he lived on the streets for nine years until he was given a home in the Lions Street Children Home in the Philippines. “Every day, my biggest problem was how to get my food,” said Joseph. “Sometimes I would have to beg or get food from my friends, who were other kids on the street.” Lions in the Philippines partnered with LCIF and the Department of Welfare and Social Development to establish the Lions Street Children Center through a Standard grant. The center provides food, clothing and shelter, as well as counseling and schooling. Then Lions partnered with LCIF again to build a vocational training center for children in connection with the Lions Street Children Center. This ensures that young people like Joseph will not have to beg for food anymore. Instead, they are given the skills to succeed in their community. “I feel very grateful to the Lions not only for myself, but for the other children as well who have benefited from this program. Now we are equipped to go out and face the world,” said Joseph, who now mentors young students. Through Standard grant projects, communities gain access to education, technology, health care and many other improvements. Lions identify what is needed most for a community and make it a life-changing reality through LCIF. Providing matching funds up to $75,000, Standard grants are approved for large-scale Lions’ humanitarian projects involving construction and equipment. The most common type of grant awarded by LCIF, they must serve a large number of people. Typical projects include mobile health units, hospices, nursing homes, major medical equipment, orphanages for vulnerable children, centers serving the blind and disabled, eye clinics and schools in developing countries. Because projects are large-scale, individual Lions invest many hours of their time in fundraising, planning and volunteering their professional skills at the project site to make the grant a success. Such support greatly extends a project’s impact, making it possible to help more people than would otherwise be possible. Through Standard grants, Lions can truly make a difference in their local communities. For information about applying for LCIF grant funding, contact LCIF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant applications are also available online at www.lcif.org.
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