Applications sought for Lions Club grants

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Oct. 30 for grants from the Grand Junction Lions Club.

Applications are available on the Grand Junction Lions Club Web site located at www.gjlions.org. Applications also may be picked up at Brown’s Shoe Fit, located at 425 Main Street in downtown Grand Junction. All completed applications must be turned in at Brown’s Shoe Fit.

The Grand Junction Lions Club Community Betterment Committee reviews the applications and selects projects for funding. The selections are announced in January. The club usually receives between 75 and 100 applications for contributions that range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Grand Junction Lions Club contributes a total of about $100,000 annually to various community projects. Money for the grants comes from the annual Lions Club Carnival and Raffle held in February, the largest one-day fund-raiser for Lions clubs worldwide. Over the past 80 years, the Grand Junction Lions Club has contributed a total of more than $5 million for more than 2,000 projects.

The Grand Junction Lions Club has contributed more than $100,000 each for projects involving the Art Center, Colorado Mesa University, HopeWest, Lincoln Park/Moyer swimming pool, Two Rivers Convention Center and Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Other grant recipients over the years have included the Civil Air Patrol, Grand Mesa Youth Soccer Association, Habitat for Humanity, KAFM Radio, Marillac Clinic, Mesa County Search and Rescue, Museum of Western Colorado and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.