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Home Leadership Development Institute Grant Program

Build confidence and inspire Lions in leadership roles by providing an Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI) or a Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) in your area. All multiple districts, single districts and undistricted provisional districts/regions/zones can apply to receive a grant towards conducting either an ELLI or a RLLI.

Not able to host an in-person institute? Consider organizing a virtual RLLI! A virtual RLLI can be used in conjunction with the institute grant.

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What’s the difference between ELLI and RLLI?


Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI)
  • Prepare Lions for leadership at the club level (those who have not yet served as club president)
  • Special sessions only available through the ELLI
    • Change management
    • Mentoring
    • Creative thinking
  • Structured 3-day learning curriculum

ELLI curriculum is available for download after approval of application.



Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI)
  • Prepare Lions interested in leadership positions at the district level
  • Content contains fundamental leadership topics including:
    • Public Speaking
    • Conflict Management
    • Goal Setting
  • Customizable institute format (flexible 1-3-day program)

RLLI curriculum is available for download after approval of application.


Virtual RLLI Process

If an in-person institute is not a possibility, consider organizing a virtual RLLI. For additional guidelines and details on the virtual RLLI, please see the Virtual Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) Process document.

Virtual Training Checklist
Virtual RLLI Process


Start organizing your institute! Download a Planning Guide to get started.

Institute Planning Guide
ELLI Supplement
RLLI Supplement


Applications will be available May-October 15 annually.

Constitutional Area 5 is unable to use the Leadership Development Institute Grant Program in conjunction with an in-person Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI).


Sharing details about the program is easy—download a printable brochure to help your members learn about the program!

Report and Verify

Prior to the institute, download the Daily Attendance Sheet and Institute Final Summary as part of the requirements to confirm the institute. The supporting documents must be provided with the reimbursement form and receipts to ensure institute verification.

Institute Attendance and Consent Form
Institute Final Summary



Reimbursements will be made payable to the applicable multiple district, single district or undistricted provisional district/region/zone. Reimbursement claims and supporting documents must be submitted within 60 days of the institute. Manage your reimbursement: submit a claim post-training!

Download Reimbursement Packet

Have a question about the Leadership Development Institute Grant Program? Contact the Leadership Development Division at