Lions Seeking Requests for Financial Donations

The Westport Lions are always happy to support youth sports teams like the Rideau Lakes Minor Softball Team.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

It is time to submit applications for funding requests to the Westport Lions Club spring disbursements.  You should submit your completed application form to the Westport Lions by April 1st.

You will find the funding application form on the Westport Lions website, westportlions.ca.  Click on the red link entitled, Application for Funding Requests, and then download an application form for individuals or organizations.  You can either print off the form, complete it, and mail it to Westport Lions Club, P.O. Box 428, Westport, ON K0G 1X0, or you can complete the fillable PDF file and email it to westportontariolions@gmail.com.  

All requests must be in writing before the club will consider them.  Completing a form allows the club to make fair, non-biased decisions that are consistent with the Lions Club mandate and AGCO guidelines.   

In recent years we have moved to two donation periods.  One is in April and the second one is in October.  The two time periods allow us to fairly distribute funds evenly throughout the year. Also, it helps us to see the big picture in terms of the needs of the community and to prioritize the requests. 

All requests should meet at least one of the following general criteria:

  • Youth mental and physical development with an emphasis on one of five Lion’s Pillars – Vision, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment or Childhood Cancer if possible;
  • Senior’s mental and physical well being with an emphasis on one of  same five Lion’s Pillars if possible;
  • Relief of pain, suffering and financial hardship due to illness or disaster; or
  • Purposes Beneficial to the Community

To ensure the value of our donation dollars is maximized, priority is given to causes that support many individuals as opposed to a single recipient.  In terms of community requests, we ask ourselves how the donation will be beneficial to the community. 

The Westport Lions Club assists the community in many ways other than contributing financially.  A few examples are the medical mobility program, maintenance of the Lions beach and washrooms, luncheons and Christmas cakes for seniors, collecting food and providing Christmas dinners for clients of the food bank, giving out candy at Halloween and the Santa Claus parade.

The Westport Lions Club thanks the community for their tremendous support towards all of our fundraisers.  This support enables us to donate money to people in need, and to a wide variety of community projects.


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