Twice each year the Kiwanis International Foundation awards grants to the Kiwanis family in support of our common mission—to serve the children of the world. Our foundation welcomes grant applications from clubs, districts and district foundations for the important projects they support.
The types of projects we fund vary in size, depth and scope, with priority given to projects involving children and Service Leadership Programs. Grants can be used to help projects that are already in place or ones just getting started. All grant-funded projects benefit from a strong commitment from the applicant, demonstrated through significant financial and volunteer support.
Grants from our foundation are intended to improve or increase the reach of each funded project by filling a financial gap. Our foundation does not have the capacity to fund projects almost entirely on behalf of the applicant. Before submitting a grant application, consider your Kiwanis involvement in the project, including contributions of time, labor and financial resources by your Kiwanis members. This involvement is an essential part of each successful, grant-funded project.
Download our grantseeker's guide
For a comprehensive guide to grantmaking at the Kiwanis International Foundation, download our grantseeker's guide
. For additional questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 159 (U.S. and Canada) or +1-317-217-6159 (worldwide).
How to apply
The Kiwanis International Foundation requires all grant applicants to use our online grant system
. This system allows you to manage your profile, applications and progress reports. Application submission deadlines are November 15 and April 15 annually.
Our review process
The foundation reviews all grant applications submitted by the deadline. Projects that are not a fit for current funding or requests from ineligible applicants will receive prompt written notification. Accepted applications are reviewed by the grantmaking committee, who provides recommendations for final funding decisions to the board. The board makes final funding decisions at their January/February and June/July meetings, after which all accepted applicants will be contacted. Applicants who meet the April 15, 2015 submission deadline will receive written notification by July 23, 2015.
Previous grant recipients Download a complete list
of Kiwanis International Foundation grant recipients since October 2007.