University Lions Foundation

University Lions Foundation Grant Process

(Updated July 7, 2016)

The University Lions Foundation has established a new process for grant-making for requests $1000 or more. Below is an outline of that process for your information. If requesting funds below $1000, please direct your request in a letter to the Foundation Chair, outlining the need and amount requested.

We look forward to welcoming your future proposals, according to these new requirements.

Statement of Focus:

The primary focus of support of the University Lions Foundation is to serve the Greater Seattle Community, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants with particular emphasis on sight and hearing.

Also note that the University-Ballard Lions Club is part of a larger Lions community and will strive to support the needs identified within the Lions District 19B, Multiple District 19, and Lions International.

Grant Deadlines:

Grants will be reviewed twice a year by the University Foundation board. Deadlines for a grant submission to be reviewed are:

September 15 and February 15

Grant applicants will be advised of the board’s decision within 30 days of the grant deadline.

Evaluation Criteria

Each grant application will be evaluated for adherence to the priorities of the Foundation and the quality and completeness of the proposal. A grant applicant will have a greater chance of an award if the following elements are included:

  • The proposal meets the priorities of the Foundation:
    • Supports hearing or vision-related need
    • Supports an identified humanitarian need
    • Primarily benefits the greater Seattle community
    • The community benefit is clear and compelling
  • The proposal is “SMART” – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely
  • The proposal includes a budget outlining:
    • Cost breakdown
    • The proportion or whole of the project or program the grant would fund
  • The proposal is complete and supported:
    • The proposal is cogent and convincing
    • The proposal provides sufficient evidence that the applicant has sufficient staff resources, technical expertise, and experience to be successful
    • The applicant describes the means by which they will publicize the support provided
    • If the applicant has received funds in the past from the Foundation, have they reported to us on the use of those funds?

      RECENT GRANTS APPROVED

      ON OCTOBER 18, 2017 THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY LIONS FOUNDATION APPROVED THE FOLLOWING GRANTS  TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS.

    •  1. UNITED CHURCHES EMERGENCY  FUND
    • 2. ETHNIC HERITAGE COUNCIL
    • 3. TAPROOT THEATER
    • 4. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT FOOD BANK
    • 5. SIGHT CONNECTION