2016-17 Gratitude Grant Final Report Forms Due by August 31, 2017

Click here to download an editable copy of the 2016-17 Gratitude Grant Final Report Form.

Overview

Gratitude Grants offer an opportunity for Elks to think about how best to strengthen their community. Gratitude Grants are the ENF's way of saying thank you to every Lodge that meets the National President's per-member giving goal, so start planning your grant today! The possibilities are endless!

The Elks' Turn to Serve

If your Lodge is using a Gratitude Grant to serve veterans and military members in need, it must focus on one of these five areas of increased need.

  • Employment
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Military Families
  • Health
  • Educational Support

Visit our veterans webpage for more information.

Gratitude Grants can be used to support local, charitable activities. Lodges use Gratitude Grants to do things like partner with students to hold a community clean-up day, purchase supplies for a homeless shelter, provide meals to veterans experiencing homelessness at a Stand Down, or host recreational events for youth in foster care.

Though donations do qualify, we highly encourage your Lodge to consider using the Gratitude Grant in an active way. We want you to serve your communities in ways that will raise the Lodge's profile, energize 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. To encourage active projects, each Lodge that applies to use the Gratitude Grant for a donation will receive a follow-up email from the ENF asking the Lodge to consider more active ways to serve the community. Please read the entire email, and contact the ENF with any questions.

Basic CIP Grant Guidelines

Click here for a succinct, printable version of our general CIP grant guidelines.

Charitable: CIP 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.

Resources

Applying

2016-17 Dates: Applications for 2016-17 Gratitude Grants become available online July 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close May 31, 2017. Funds must be spent by July 31, 2017. Final Report Forms are due August 31, 2017.

Per Capita Bonus: Every Lodge in which more than 15 percent of its members donated to the ENF in 2015-16 (per the ENF Membership Support Report) will be eligible for a bonus of $500 when it meets 2016-17 per-capita and applies for a 2016-17 Gratitude Grant. Lodges have until June 1, 2016 to submit donation lists to credit individual donors. This bonus will be automatically added to your Lodge's Gratitude Grant application.

How to apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to access, complete and submit the online application.

Process: Upon approval of a Lodge's online application, the ENF will mail an approval letter, a grant check and a Final Report Form to the Lodge address. A Lodge can use its Gratitude Grant in conjunction with a Beacon Grant and/or a Promise 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, and photos. Lodges that do not complete this required form will not be eligible for any ENF grants the following year.

Lodge Mergers: In the event of a Lodge merger, the newly formed Lodge must meet the per-capita goal for the current Elk year under the new (merged) membership total to qualify for this grant. Lodges that qualify and apply for Gratitude Grants prior to the Lodge merger will not be penalized.

Ready to Apply? 2016-17 Gratitude 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 Gratitude Grant and click "Proceed to Application.


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