Lions Clubs

Grants available for: local charitable causes
Size of grants given: No set limits, grants generally £50-£1000
Next deadline: No deadlines

Aims of Fund

Lions Clubs support charitable causes in their own area.

Who can apply

Local community groups and charities can apply for donations.

How much and what can you apply for

There are no set limits, but grants tend to range from £50 to £1,000.

They put no restrictions on what you can apply for, but they do have an agreed list of Purposes, which are the focus of all their work. These are:

  • To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
  • To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
  • To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
  • To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.

There are two local Lions Clubs:

Donations made by Brighton Lions 2013-14 included:

  • £5,245 to the Sussex MS Treatment Centre to buy an exercise machine;
  • £5,000 to Martlets Hospice;
  • £3,000 to buy equipment for Brighton & Hove First Responders;
  • £1,150 to Off the Fence to buy sleeping bags for homeless young people in the city;
  • £1,000 to the Tuesday Club (for blind people);
  • £824 to Assert, supporting adults with Asperger Syndrome and autism;
  • £700 as a deposit for a residential trip for 12 young carers – the balance of £2,000 will also be paid;
  • £500 to Brighton Table Tennis Club to pay for advanced training for disadvantaged youngsters;
  • £275 to MedicAlert.

(For a full list see their website). 

Donations made by Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions 2014 included:

  • Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice + Leo House at Home. £850.
  • Rottingdean Village Fair charities £785.
  • Martlets Hospice £700.
  • Sussex Air Ambulance – Lions Night Flying Project. £1,000.
  • Local youth projects (e.g. Youth club, Scouts, Guides, special schools etc.) £1,708.
  • Contribution towards senior citizens coach outing. £350
  • Contribution towards senior citizens Christmas Lunches. £1,075.
  • Contribution towards Smugglers Night. £400

(For a full list see their website).

How to apply

It is a good idea to contact  your local Lions club before making a formal application. You can give them some introductory information about your group and the activities you need funding for. They will then tell you whether it sounds like something they might fund, and tell you what information they will want you to include in your formal letter of application.

Your formal application should be in the form of a letter of application, on headed paper if you have it. Your letter should include a summary of your group and what it does, plus details of how you plan to use the money that you are asking for. You should explain what your aims are, and why the activity you need money for will help you to achieve these aims. Remember that they will receive many more applications than they can give grants – you need to make a strong case for your group. Enclose with your letter you accounts for the previous year, and a copy of your constitution. (For more information about writing letters of application, see our information on writing funding applications.)

Deadlines for application

Applications are considered by the fundraising committee, and then the trustees who meet monthly.

Contact details

Brighton Lions

Bob Brown
Lions Dene, The Deneway, Brighton, BN1 5AZ
+44 (0)845 833 5765 (answerphone)

Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions

David Walker 
08458 339617

Date & initials

15/7/16 MS