Disaster relief

Program overview

When disaster strikes, the Kiwanis family is there to help. So is the Kiwanis Children’s Fund—with disaster relief grants to help Kiwanis clubs and districts meet crucial, immediate needs.

Grants are designed to support Kiwanis-led relief efforts to meet the most urgent needs of victims immediately following natural disasters. Natural disasters include earthquakes, flooding caused by excessive rains, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, wildfires and other similar disasters.

Support our disaster-relief efforts.

Immediate needs

The disaster relief grant is for Kiwanis-family clubs and districts interested in addressing the immediate needs of disaster victims in the wake of a natural disaster. Kiwanis must lead the project or relief effort and may not hand over funding to another agency, group or organization.

The types of activities eligible for funding are hands-on projects in which Kiwanians purchase and distribute basic necessities such as:

  • Food
  • Bottled water
  • Clothing/blankets
  • First aid supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries

How to apply

Disaster relief requests must detail the Kiwanis club or district’s plan of action for providing immediate aid to disaster victims. Be sure to specify what items will be purchased with grant funds.

Grant requests should be sent to grants@kiwanis.org and include all of the following information:

  • Name of district or club requesting funding
  • District or club K-Number
  • Amount requested (up to US$5,000)
  • Detailed description of how grant funds will be used

Clubs and districts should determine the most pressing needs in the affected area in order to maximize the use of funds. This grant is not available to address long-term needs that may include building or rebuilding homes and replacing personal and household items.

For more information about our disaster relief program, email grants@kiwanis.org or call 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 234 (U.S. and Canada), or +1-317-217-6234 (worldwide).