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Grants awarded to 35 Kiwanis districts

Apr 23, 2019

Each year, qualifying districts may apply for grants from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund to support district-wide service projects in the areas of health, education or youth leadership development. For 2018-19, we awarded grants to 35 districts for a variety of projects.  

Literacy partnership with Aktion club 

In Australia, members of four Kiwanis clubs will come together to assemble literacy backpacks for young students. Kiwanians will work with local Aktion club members to distribute the backpacks to kindergarteners in lower socio-economic areas.  

Learning tools for visually and hearing impaired 

Eastern Canada and Caribbean, in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Centre For The Blind, will help bridge some of the developmental gaps for students with visual or hearing impairments by providing them with the tools to succeed in school.  

“Don’t Meth with Me” project 

Kiwanians in Kansas aim to raise awareness about the dangers of meth in their state. This grant will allow the district to supply each club with educational videos to play at Kiwanis meetings and resources to share with children and their local community.  

Meals for the hungry 

During its 100th district convention, California-Nevada-Hawaii will work with Outreach Inc. to package 20,000 nutritious meals for several thousand children. Part of its grant will also support a Key Leader event in the district. 

Kamp Kiwanis for military children 

New York’s district grant will help send children from active-duty military families to Kamp Kiwanis at no cost. It will specifically aid the weeklong Teen Leadership Program, in which teens develop skills such as communication, motivation, responsibility, goal-setting and more. Teens practice the skills they are learning by working with younger campers throughout the week.  

Meals of Hope 

Florida will lead a large-scale service project at its district convention, partnering with Meals of Hope to provide food to underprivileged families near Naples, Florida.  

Boy Scout Camp Long Lake 

Wisconsin-Upper Michigan’s grant will support a project to help build tables and a shelter in the Kiwanis Cabin area at the Boy Scout’s Camp Long Lake. Part of the grant will also support Key Leader and scholarships for Key Club and Circle K members.  

Bikes for children with disabilities 

The Kentucky-Tennessee District will use its grant to purchase and assemble bicycles specially designed for six children in the district to accommodate their disability.  

Reading is Fundamental program 

Alabama is sending 70,500 books to more than 23,000 at-risk children before they begin kindergarten. 

Drug and bullying prevention 

Taiwan will use its district grant to lead a nationwide anti-drug and anti-bullying program for elementary and junior high students. Part of the grant will also support leadership training for Kiwanis Young Professional groups, Circle K International and Key Club, as well as higher education scholarships. 

Key Club and Circle K support 

Five districts will use grant money to support Key Club and Circle K: 

  • Georgia will support its Key Club and Circle K members through Circle K officer training, higher education scholarships for Key Club leaders and a leadership retreat program for Georgia high school students, including Key Club members. 
  • Illinois-Eastern Iowa will offer Key Club and Circle K International scholarships to support higher education, attendance to CKI’s Spark! program and Key Club’s Key Leader. Part of its grant will also support The Eliminate Project. 
  • The Southwest District will help with expenses associated with Key Club officer training and Circle K International’s fall rally training materials. It will also assist with the Circle K district’s large-scale service project, packaging care kits for the homeless. A portion of the grant will also provide scholarships for higher education to individuals devoted to community service.
  • Texas-Oklahoma will provide leadership training to Key Club and CKI members in the district. 
  • West Virginia’s district grant will support its Key Club board members’ annual training. 

Key Leader 

The following districts used part or all their district grants to support a Key Leader event or scholarships for teens to participate.  

  • California-Nevada-Hawaii
  • Carolinas
  • Illinois-Eastern Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana-Mississippi-Western Tennessee
  • Malaysia
  • Michigan
  • Missouri-Arkansas
  • Nebraska-Iowa
  • New England and Bermuda
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rocky Mountain

Key Leader is a weekend leadership experience designed to inspire teens to achieve their personal best through service leadership. 

Scholarships for higher education 

The following districts use their grant to support a district scholarship program for higher education: 

  • Italy-San Marino
  • Japan 
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota-Dakotas
  • Nebraska-Iowa
  • New England and Bermuda
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Southwest
  • Taiwan
  • Utah-Idaho

Support for The Eliminate Project 

The Austria, Belgium-Luxembourg, Capital, Illinois-Eastern Iowa and Missouri-Arkansas Districts used part or all their district grants to support their pledge to The Eliminate Project.