Community Betterment Committee

We are now accepting applications for our grant process! The application is below and must be turned in by October 20th. Instructions are on the application.

In November, the CBC meets twice to narrow the list of grant applicants to a handful of finalists, then to decide which projects actually receiving funding (and for how much). At the November meeting of the Board, the CBC recommendations are reviewed and approved.

On the first Tuesday of December, the club votes on the CBC /Board recommendations in a closed meeting. All information and decisions are confidential throughout the process, including decisions at the closed meeting.

In January, on the day before Ticket Handout, a press conference is held to announce the projects and grant recipients to the media. This is timed to give extra publicity to ticket sales.

On the third Saturday of February, we hold the Carnival and Raffle to raise the money for our projects.
In March, as club members reconcile their ticket sales and finish turning in their money, the Carnival funds become available for the grant recipients. Projects are always funded through a reimbursement process, rather than giving the funds in advance and then auditing to see that they were spent properly.

OUR BYLAWS OFFER OTHER SUGGESTIONS, INCLUDING:

  • Never give to organized fund drives
  • Never give to profit-making organizations
  • As much as possible, leverage our funds by working in connection with other organizations, such as the city, School District, and other service clubs
  • Requests under $5,000 should be referred to the Board of Directors
  • No single project should receive a donation of more than 2/3 of the net proceeds of the current year’s Carnival
  • Not funding a project does NOT mean that the applicant, or the applicant’s project, are not good, honorable and worthy projects or organizations. It just means we as an organization cannot fund them

The CBC is comprised of 16 members, serving staggered four-year terms. The members, and the Chairman, are appointed by the President. The club President, 1st Vice President, and Treasurer sit on the CBC as ex officio (non voting) members.

2017 CBC Recipients

The Grand Junction Lions Club is proud to contribute funds to the community each year through our annual raffle ticket and carnival fundraiser. This year’s recipients are:

Las Colonias Park
New Emerson Elementary
Kids Aid
District 51 Foundation
Loma Elementary
Harmony Acres Equestrian
FMHS Girls Basketball
Pomona Elementary
Bookcliff Middle School
Clifton Food Bank
East Middle School
Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank
GJ Fire Soccer
Strive
Grand Mesa Middle School
Western Slope Center for Children
PHS Drama Department
GJHS Girls Softball

2016 CBC Recipients

The Grand Junction Lions Club is proud to contribute funds to the community each year through our annual raffle ticket and carnival fundraiser. This year’s recipients are:

Las Colonias Park
Mesa Youth Services-Partners
School SD51-Food and Nutrition Services
Community Hospital
Orchard Mesa Little League
Grand Valley Public Radio
Young Life
Dream Big Adaptive Sports
FMHS Softball
Holy Family Catholic School
Clifton Elementary
Broadway Elementary School
GJHS Band
PHS Band
Dual Immersion Academy
Nisley Elementary School

2015 CBC Recipients

The Grand Junction Lions Club is proud to contribute funds to the community each year through our annual raffle ticket and carnival fundraiser. This year’s recipients are:

Las Colonias Park
Colorado Discoverability
HopeWest
Veteran’s Art Center
John McConnell Math and Science Center
Wingate Elementary School
MindSprings Health
Clifton Elementary School
Museum of Western Colorado
Child and Migrant Services
Mesa County Junior Football Association
Pomona Elementary School