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Top 5 Questions about our Club Grant Program

Jan 23, 2018

Interested in applying for a club grant? Here are some of the most common questions we’ve received. For more information, visit the Club Grant program webpage and read our Guide to Club Grants. To begin your application, visit kiwanischildrensfund.org/apply.


What types of projects will you fund?

Club grants from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund support activities that address health, education or youth leadership development. In addition, an ideal project that is likely to be funded will be: 

  1. Widely familiar. A service project that the club is known for—or intends to be known for—throughout the community.
  2. Sustainable. Includes community support, with financial commitment from people and/or organizations beyond the club and the Children’s Fund.
  3. Recurring. A project that can be done multiple times, over a long-term period.
  4. Can be duplicated. The kind of project that other clubs and districts can do, too.
  5. Children- and community-focused. Dedicated to improving kids’ lives and the community around them.
  6. High-impact. Makes a significant difference, in many lives.


I have never applied for a club grant before. What should I expect?

The Club Grant program is a two-step process. It begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). If the LOI is approved, your club will receive access to the full grant application. This two-step process is done completely online through Foundant, our grant-making software.


My club has applied for a grant before. How do I find our log-in information?

In October of 2017, we transitioned to a new online grant making system, Foundant. If you had an account with our old system, you will need to create a new account in Foundant.

  1. Visit kiwanischildrensfund.org/apply and click “Create New Account.”
  2. Provide an email address that will be used as your username, your contact information, and your club’s information.

For additional assistance, please access the How to use Foundant Resource or watch this video guide.


If my club is awarded a grant, when can we expect to receive funds?

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has three club grant cycles each year.

For June 1 funding decisions:

  • Submit LOI any time before February 1.
  • If approved, submit full application by April 1.

For October 1 funding decisions:

  • Submit LOI any time before June 1.
  • If approved, submit full application by August 1.

For January 1 funding decisions:

  • Submit LOI any time before September 1.
  • If approved, submit full application by November 1.


Why do we need to complete a community needs assessment for the LOI?

A community needs assessment helps your club measure the needs of your community—and what is already being done to address those needs. A community needs assessment also identifies future partners and community leaders who may aid your club in having a successful project—one that is widely familiar, sustainable, community-focused and high-impact.

Our community needs assessment resource offers more information about how to conduct such an assessment.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Please reach out to us at grants@kiwanis.org. You can also call 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 225 (U.S. and Canada), or +1-317-217-6225 (worldwide).