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.
"The Board specifically chose to invest twice as much in Beacon Grants, which the ENF officially launched in 2012-13, because of the impressive ways Lodges have used these grants to develop ongoing, Elks-led community projects," says ENF Director Jim O'Kelley.
“Thanks to our project, the schools, students, parents and community members view the Lewisburg Elks Lodge as an organization that is active in the community and not just a ‘country club.’"
- Bernice Bracken
Project Manager at
Lewisburg, W. Va., Lodge No. 1758
With Beacon Grants, we're looking for five things.
- New: Ideally, Lodges will use their Beacon Grant for the same successful, ongoing project each year. If your Lodge received a 2012-13 Beacon Grant, it should use a 2013-14 grant to build upon that project. If your Lodge did not receive a 2012-13 Beacon Grant, 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 for 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!
|Not a Beacon Grant project||Great Beacon Grant project|
|Dictionary Project||Youth & Elks Reading Fair|
|Donation to Wounded Warriors||Bi-annual wounded Warrior outings|
|Little League sponsorship||Baseball clinic for at-risk youth|
|Purchase equipment for scouts||Partner with scouts on quarterly service projects|
|Donation to D.A.R.E.||Monthly drug-free events for teens|
|Appreciation dinner for Elks who are veterans||Monthly activities for local VA hospital residents|
ENF 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.
|Dates: 2013-14 Beacon Grant applications are available online now and due March 31, 2014. Applications must be submitted and approved before the grant is used. Funds must be spent by July 31, 2014. Final Report Forms are due August 31, 2014.
How to apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to access, complete and submit the online application. For detailed instructions on the application process, click here.
Updated Guidelines: Grants cannot be used to fund scholarships, Hoop Shoot events, youth awards ceremonies, poster and/or essay contests, appreciation dinners, or fundraisers.
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 $2,000 Beacon Grant in conjunction with a $2,000 Gratitude Grant and/or a $2,000 Promise Grant, to maximize the ongoing project. 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. Click here to view a sample Final Report Form.
Questions? Email ENFPrograms@elks.org or call 773/755-4730.
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