The Matching Funds Program assists local Lions Clubs in meeting the needs of blind or visually impaired individuals (not organizations) who have a financial need when all other means of assistance has been exhausted. This may include purchase of glasses and other sight related services even though the individual does not meet the State of North Carolina's definition of legal visual impairment.
Matching Funds are available for North Carolina residents only. An individual is considered a resident if he/she is in North Carolina voluntarily for at least three months with the intent to remain. The purpose of Matching Funds is not to pay for ongoing or recurring expenses such as contact lens or medications; however, one-time emergency assistance is covered.
All requests for assistance should be directed to your local Lions Club.