Basic Guidelines

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!

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 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!


Resources

For more project examples, visit the Best Beacon Grant Examples page. Need some ready-made Beacon Grant project ideas? We’ve got you covered with five in our InstaGrants feature

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.



The Elks' Turn to Serve



If your Lodge is using a Beacon 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.
2015-16 Dates: Applications for 2015-16 Beacon Grants become available online July 1, 2015. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close March 31, 2016. Funds must be spent by July 31, 2016. Final Report Forms are due August 31, 2016.

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, general community events, 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 Gratitude Grant and/or a $2,500 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 download an editable copy of the 2015-16 Beacon Grant Final Report Form.
2015-16 Beacon Grant Applications Available 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 Beacon Grant and click "Proceed to Application."

Questions? Email ENFPrograms@elks.org or call 773/755-4730.

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