With a mission “to provide financial assistance for Kiwanis projects and programs within our District,” the Kiwanis District Foundation offers clubs the opportunity to apply for financial assistance during the current administrative year for meaningful service projects in their communities including participation in the District Service Project – placing AEDs in every school within in the District – and Disaster Grants to receive immediate and essential relief after a declared natural disaster.

Clubs must be “in good standing” with the District Foundation – that is, the club must have contributed to the Annual Club Gift Campaign for the current year, and with the minimal recommended amount of $5 per member, according to the club roster as of October 1st.

With a contribution of $5 per member, your club has the opportunity to receive a $5,000 grant – what an outstanding return on your investment. Refer to the ROI Chart to see how some of the clubs around the District have received an outstanding return on their investment!

The District Foundation Board offers two levels of Community Service Grants (CSG) during the current administrative year: Level I (up to $5,000) and Level II (up to $2,000). These are reimbursable grants in an amount of 75% of the total cost of the projects, up to the maximum amount awarded (reimbursed after verification of receipts and completion of the project). The Foundation Board wants to assist clubs with their projects – but not to fund the entire effort. 

Level I Grant Application deadlines are February 1 (1st round) and July 1 (2nd round).  Level II Grant Applications will be received monthly, or until funding is depleted and the Foundation Board will make a decision on these grants at its monthly meetings.

Special Grants for NEW CLUBS of up to $1,000 are available to new clubs within TWO YEARS OF THEIR CHARTER DATE, and are 100% reimbursable. Advanced funding of up to 50% if needed. 

Grant Resources:

2021 & 2022 Grants Awarded by the District Foundation:

Community Service Grants – Level I ($2,001 to $5,000)  
Kiwanis Club of AlexandriaCoats for Kids $5,000 
Kiwanis Club of DyersburgADA Playground$5,000
Community Service Grants – Level II (up to $2,000)  
Kiwanis Club of Greater OuachitaBike Repair Station$2,000
Kiwanis Club of Dawn BustersSpecial Needs Community Garden$2,000
Kiwanis Club of New OrleansMaternal Pathways$2,000
New Club Community Service Grants (up to $1,000)  
 Gautier/Ocean SpringsStar Students Recognition Program $1,000 
Disaster Grants (up to $1,500)  
Kiwanis Club of St. GabrielPersonal Items for Nicholls Students $1,238 
Kiwanis Club of ZacharyEssential Items to Nichols & Zachary$1,500
Kiwanis Club of Third DistrictEssential Items – Nicholls$545
Kiwanis Club of Dawn BustersFeeding LaPlace Community$1,184
Kiwanis Club of ThibodauxSupplies to LaPlace Community$152
Kiwanis Club of East St. MaryEssentials to LaPlace Community$532
Kiwanis Club of Twin CitiesSleeping Bags for Tornados in Dresden, TN$1,500
Kiwanis Club of GreenfieldFeeding Community of Dresden, TN$1,500
Kiwanis Club of MartinFeeding Community of Dresden, TN$1,500
AED Grants ($750 school/$500 facility)  
Kiwanis Club of CortanaTwin Oaks Elementary$750
Kiwanis Club of BiloxiLittle Theatre$500
Special Grants ($250 each to charity of choice)Awarded annually 
Lawman of the Year $250
Teacher of the Year $250
Firefighter of the Year $250
Layman of the Year $250
Sponsored Youth, Scholarships & Leadership Training 
Key Club & Circle KScholarships$12,500
Key LeaderTraining$4,000