The Lion’s commitment to disaster relief goes back to our beginnings, when we awarded our very first grant for flood relief in South Dakota, USA. Whenever and wherever disasters strike, Lions are often among the first to offer aid—and the Lions are right there with them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through Lions disaster relief programs.

Working together, the Lions Club International Foundation, local Lions and Lions leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly deliver the aid most required by victims. This grassroots model has proven effective in tragedies around the world, such as the Southeast Asia tsunami, September 11th and the Haiti earthquake. Lions know that disaster can affect anyone’s community, whether it’s halfway around the world or right at home. That’s why in the last 10 years, Lions have provided more than $100 million for disaster relief programs worldwide.

Emergency Grants are available to provide for basic immediate needs including food, water, clothing and medicine. We have learned from experience that when a disaster victim receives aid quickly, it provides strength needed to survive the shock and loss and even a little hope for the future. To date, more than 3,000 emergency grants have been awarded.

Texas Lions obtain their emergency grants through the Texas Lions Foundation who provides the administration of applications, review and fast financial assistance for those in need.