To mark Lions Club International’s centennial, Lions clubs around Australia will be giving away more than $100,000 to over 100 local projects as part of its Community 100 program.
The $100,000 will be available in the form of $1000 grants to projects which make a difference to the community in the fields of youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
Lions Australia has recruited more than 100 of Australia’s most proactive clubs to form ‘Team 100’, which will help to roll out the grant opportunity locally.
Lions Australia Executive Officer Rob Oerlemans said the Community 100 program provides local clubs with the opportunity to reach out to communities and create new partnerships.
“If you can think of a community need, the chances are there’s a Lions Club doing something about it,” Mr Oerlemans said.
“For almost 100 years Lions have shared a core belief that community is what we make it and the Lions Australia Community 100 program celebrates this belief.
“The program brings together our clubs in a campaign designed to drive awareness, while also helping to funding new projects in the communities we serve.”
Lions Australia, which will celebrate 70 years of service in 2017, was first established in 1947 and is currently Lions Club International’s 18th oldest club in operation.
Each year the local clubs of Lions Australia raise between $25-30million for community initiatives, projects and causes.
“Where there is a need, there is a lion and nothing shows this clearer than by looking back in the history of our service to the Australian community,” Mr Oerlemans said.
“During times of disaster such as Cyclone Tracey, the Newcastle Earthquake and Cyclone Larry, as well as regional floods and fires, Lions have always been among the first on the ground.
“From donating clothes, food and shelter to assisting with clean ups and rebuilding, Lions are always there to lend a helping hand.
“Lions Australia have a proud history and therefore it is fitting to mark our international organisation’s centenary of service by doing what has made us great, helping others.”
The Community 100 program is open for submissions from February 25 until June 30, 2016 and entrants are encouraged to apply via the Homelife website.
Local clubs will then select three finalists, from which Lions Australia will nominate a winning project by mid-August 2016.
Please visit the Lions Australia Community 100 program page for more information.