2016-17 Freedom Grant Final Report Forms Due by August 31, 2017
Click here to download an editable copy of the 2016-17 Freedom Grant Final Report Form.
Great news! In 2017-18, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission will award $2,000 Freedom Grants to 200 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 and increases chance of approval.
Freedom Grants must focus on one of these five areas of increased need:
- Homelessness and Housing
- Military Families
- Educational Support
Basic Grant Guidelines
Click here for a succinct, printable version of our general CIP grant guidelines.
Charitable: Grants should always be used for charitable purposes. Keep the following six broad categories (defined as charitable by the IRS) in mind when planning a grant project; relieve the poor, distressed or underprivileged; advance education or science, but not through scholarships; lessen the burdens of government; lessen neighborhood tensions; eliminate prejudice and discrimination; combat juvenile delinquency.
Restrictions: CIP Grant guidelines state that Lodges may not use grants to support State Major Projects, national Elks programs, fund scholarships, Hoop Shoot/Soccer Shoot events, youth awards nights, poster and/or essay contests, appreciations dinners, fundraisers or general community events. Grants may not be used for Lodge maintenance and/or repairs, or to only benefit Lodge members and their families. Grant funds must serve a population in need, and cannot be donations of funds or supplies to individuals.
2016-17 Freedom Grant Awardees
Congratulations to all the Lodges that were awarded Freedom Grants this year! We look forward to working with the recipients to serve veterans and military members through a wide range of projects.
2017-18 Dates: Freedom Grant applications become available online July 1, 2017, and are due July 31, 2018, at 12 p.m. (noon) Central Time. Recipients will be announced in September. Freedom Grants are available for use between September 2017, and July 31, 2018. Final Report Forms are due by August 31, 2018.
How to Apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to process, complete and submit the online application.
Process: Upon approval of a Lodge's online application, the ENF will mail the Lodge an approval letter, a grant check and a Final Report form to the Lodge address. A Lodge can use its $2,000 Freedom Grant in conjunction with a Beacon Grant and/or a Gratitude Grant. Applications must be submitted separately.
Final Report Forms: After the grant has been used, mail in the Final Report Form, along with all grant-related receipts. Please email photos. Lodges that do not complete this required form will not be eligible to apply for ENF grants the following year.
Ready to Apply? 2017-18 Freedom Grant Applications Open July 1
Lodge Secretaries or Grant Coordinators follow these three steps.
1. Go to the Member Login and enter your existing username and password.
2. Go to the ENF Grants application page.
3. Choose Freedom Grant and click "Proceed to Application."
Questions? Email LodgeGrants@elks.org or call 773/755-4730.
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