Every Lodge is eligible to apply for a Beacon Grant. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Join in, and help your Lodge become a beacon of hope to the community. Beacon Grants are worth $2,000!
- New: Ideally, Lodges will use their Beacon Grant for the same successful, ongoing project each year. If your Lodge received a Beacon Grant previously, it should use this year’s Beacon Grant to continue that project. If your Lodge did not receive a Beacon Grant in a previous year, it must use the Beacon Grant to start a new charitable project.
- Ongoing: Something the Lodge is committed to—for example, monthly dinners at a soup kitchen, or an annual Veterans Stand Down activity. Beacon Grants can’t be split between two projects.
- Elks-led: Elks must be involved, and the project should be something identifiable as an Elks project
- Charitable: Grants must be focused on helping those in need, and addressing local issues. The project cannot benefit only the Lodge or Lodge members.
- Project: Beacon Grants cannot be used as donations of funds and supplies. Elks should be actively serving the community. If people see Elks doing good things, they’ll be inspired to join!
An opportunity for Elks to think about how best to serve their community and make it stronger. Gratitude Grants are the ENF’s way of saying thank you to every Lodge that meets the National President’s per-member goal for giving to the ENF. Last year, more than 77 percent of Lodges met the per-member goal for giving to the ENF, so start planning your grant today! The possibilities are endless! Grants are worth $2,000-$2500.
- Gratitude Grants can be used to support local, charitable activities. Lodges use Gratitude Grants to do things like buy supplies for a homeless shelter, partner with D.A.R.E. to hold drug awareness programs in schools, or hold recreational events for people with disabilities.
- Though donations do qualify, we encourage your Lodge to consider using its Gratitude Grant in an active way. We want you to serve your communities in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing big things.
Promise Grants offer Lodges a chance to be a positive influence in their communities by holding an event that builds the character and competence of local youth. New in 2015-16, Promise Grants are now worth $2,500!
- Promise Grants are a great opportunity for your Lodge to reach out to local youth. When planning your Lodge’s Promise Grant project, keep in mind that the project must be more than a donation of funds or supplies. Lodges should hold events that give Elks and youth a chance to come together.
Impact Grants are offered to Lodges working to make a significant and meaningful difference in the community through a charitable project. These competitive grants of up to $10,000 inspire Elks to dedicate themselves to service and volunteerism. What would your Lodge do with $10,000 to serve the community? The possibilities are endless!
- Impact Grants offer your Lodge a chance to start an ongoing project in the community, a project that will address unmet needs in the community and inspire Lodge members to get involved and serve the community. Impact Grants are different from other CIP grants in that they are competitive. All Lodges are eligible to apply, but funding is limited and only a select number will receive the grant.
- Lodges should use Impact Grants for ongoing, Elks-led projects that address problems in Elks communities. These grants are designed to set a standard of excellence in community leadership through volunteerism, mentoring and service. Impact Grants are intended to raise the Lodge’s profile in the community and inspire new members to join a Lodge that’s making a difference.
Allow Lodges to secure donations from foundations or corporations for specific Lodge charitable projects through restricted monetary donations to the ENF. With this opportunity, the Foundation extends the benefits of our charitable status to both the foundation or corporation, and the Lodge. By taking advantage of a LAG, everyone benefits: the foundation or corporation supports a local charitable cause; the Lodge expands on its good deeds; and both help meet a need in the community. There are many possibilities for Lodge Assistance Grants. In the past, Lodges have used these grants for everything from helping displaced flood victims to running a fencing program for underprivileged youth.
Freedom Grants offer a unique opportunity to harness the Elks’ passion for serving veterans and military members and turn it into projects that offer tangible results. With an increase in the number of $2,000 Freedom Grants available to Lodges in 2015-16, that service can expand even more! This year, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission will award 180 Freedom Grants to Elks Lodges to hold projects that serve veterans and active-duty military members.
- Freedom Grants offer a unique opportunity to harness the Elks’ passion for serving veterans and military members and turn it into projects that offer tangible results. With an increase in the number of $2,000 Freedom Grants available to Lodges in 2015-16, that service can expand even more! This year, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission will award 180 Freedom Grants to Elks Lodges to hold projects that serve veterans and active-duty military members.
- Freedom Grants are competitive and will be awarded to Lodges whose projects are judged to best serve the needs of veterans and/or active-duty military members. Meaningful Elk involvement is strongly encouraged.
- Freedom Grants must focus on one of these five areas of increased need: Employment, Homelessness and Housing, Military Families, Health, or Educational Support