Reading Lions Club – Lion’s Den community grants scheme

Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising

Reading Lions Club is once again reaching out to small local community groups and small local charities to offer financial support. Many local community groups do not have access to grant funding or the resources to invest in significant fundraising and yet they continue to provide a valued service to our community even during these challenging times.

Through our own fundraising events and with support from the ‘Round up for Reading’ campaign, we have set aside £10,000 to give away in small community grants, each of up to £750 to support local community projects. We are inviting local groups to submit a grant application for their local project. Entry opens on 19 February 2021.

Stage one

Email your completed application to:secretary@readinglions.org.uk or post to Lion Jo Hamblin, 18, West Court, West Drive, Sonning, Reading, RG4 6GL, no later than 9 April 2021.

Stage two

The successful first stage applicants will be notified by email. You will then be asked to talk in more detail to a small panel on a Zoom call at a pre-arranged time on 19 or 20 April 2021. Interviews will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Each applicant is allocated a ten-minutes slot – max 2 persons to attend the Zoom call to represent each group.

Stage three

Successful applicants will be notified by email and the grants will be distributed by 30 April 2021.

Each successful group must be able to demonstrate how the grant will benefit the local community and mirror our own objectives which is to promote the health and wellbeing of the Reading community by improving the local environment, supporting our youth and helping individuals in times of need. Any grant awarded must be used for a specific project and not be used for general day-to-day running costs.

Further information

Read more and download an application form on the Reading Lions Club website.