Grants and Funding Sources
District Q4 BY-LAW 18 EMERGEMCY RELIEF FUNDS
a) Sight Health & Wellness Fund
18.1 Clubs submitting applications for a grant from the Sight, Health & Wellness Account must demonstrate having raised 30 percent towards the cost of the project applied for. Applications for consideration must be forwarded to the Cabinet Secretary for consideration 28 days prior to the next cabinet meeting. Such requests must provide as much detail as possible relative to the application.
18.2 Future funding will come from interest on funds transferred from the Low Vision Account June 2018 and from the Multiple District Lions Cakes and Mints rebate account.
18.3 Clubs must not have outstanding accounts (60 days) to District 201Q4, Multiple District 201 or Lions Clubs International or any Lions Christmas Cake account by the cut off date 14th January each year.
(b) District Disaster Relief Fund
This fund is set up for the use of flood, fire, disaster recovery. Funding will come from the current “Emergency Relief Fund” as at June 2018. Future funding will be drawn from fifty (50) percent of the Emergency Relief Fund currently in the schedule amount of $7.00 per member per annum - approximately ($4500.00 p.a.)
(c ) Emergency Compassionate Fund
This fund is set up for the use of assistance to a person or family that is suffering hardship, illness, requires medical aids or similar circumstances judged to be worthy of help. Funding will come from the current “Emergency Relief Fund” as at June 2018.
Future funding will be drawn from fifty (50) percent of the Emergency Relief Fund currently in the schedule amount of $7.00 per member per annum - approximately ($4500.00 p.a.)
(d) Disbursement from these funds
- Emergencies up to $1000.00 at the discretion of the District Governor and the Finance Chairman.
- Applications up to $2500.00 at the discretion of the majority of the Accounts Committee made up of the Finance Chair, Cabinet Treasurer, 1st Vice District Governor, 2 others appointed by the District Governor (Article 6.21B)
- All Club and District projects to be reviewed on a regular basis and a final report of acquittal report should be supplied to District on completion of each project.
- Clubs may apply for non urgent funding at any time during the year and are encouraged to bring cases worthy of assistance to the notice of the District for discussion at the next Cabinet Meeting.
- Applications must be made in writing setting out all details and submitted to the Cabinet Secretary. Clubs that are seeking funding for larger projects are encouraged to contact the District Grants Chairman for advice on Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) and other charitable sources outside of Lions.
For help advice with grants contact our District Grants Chairman listed in our Q4 Cabinet Directory
Some sources of grants with closing dates.
1. Australian Lions Foundation – If the application is received too late in the quarter then the application is held over and included in the next quarterly period. This grant does have a maximum of $15,000.00 for equipment etc.
2. Government Community Benefit Fund Grant – opens mid-July and closes late August. This grant runs each quarter and closes end of August, November, February and May each year with results being advised around 3 months after closure. The maximum amount available for this grant is $35,000.00. This grant now includes the 4 old type grants e.g. Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Fund, Breakwater Island Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund and the pre-existing Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Information on these grants can be gained by entering) Queensland Government Gaming Community Benefit Grants) into Google on your computer and then navigating around the Benefit site.
3. Other Government Grants are also available and which are usually advertised in local newspapers or information can be sourced through your local State/Federal Government Member of Parliament.
4. Caring for our Community is another Government Grant available and has a maximum ceiling of $10,000.00 and grants open mid-July with advice of successful applications being advised January the following year. The internet contact is (Caring for our Community Grants) and then navigate around the site for the application form. Once again this grant scheme can be used to upgrade equipment and also purchase equipment for your club.
5. Australia Post is another source for grants and usually invites applications at least yearly.
6.Westpac Banking Corporation is another source for grants and are usually advertised on TV or in Newspapers.
7. Your local Council may also invite applications from community/sporting groups for grants for equipment etc. Information can be obtained by contacting your local council.
8. Another area that I found was the RSL Club. Our local club calls for invitations on a yearly basis to help Community/Sporting Groups and non-Government funded groups. Worthwhile looking into your local club.
These are just some of the areas for grants and there are more grants out there and one just has to look on the internet for information for grants on major companies and groups.