Applications sought for Lions Club grants

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Oct. 31 for the latest grants awarded by the Grand Junction Lions Club.

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

Between 75 and 100 grant applications typically are received, requesting funding from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A committee will review and select projects for funding in November. The Grand Junction Lions Club will announce in January which projects have been selected even as the club begins selling raffle tickets as part of its annual carnival fund-raiser

The raffle and carnival will be held in February, and grants will be awarded starting in March as projects are completed.

The annual Lions Club carnival and raffle ranks among the largest one-day fund-raisers for Lions Clubs all over the world. Over the past 80 years, the Grand Junction Lions Club has given away a total of more than $5 million to more than 2,000 local projects.

Past Lions Club grants have included $100,000 each to the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and Las Colonias Park.