|Gratitude Grants offer 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!|
Project Manager at
Ocala, Fla., Lodge No. 286
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.
Here's a look at projects Lodges have applied for, and ways to make that project more active.
|Good for Them||Better for You|
|Donation to Food Bank||Have a food drive, and serve a meal to families in need|
|Donation to six youth groups||Hold monthly drug-free youth activities|
|Donation to restore city building||Partner with students to hold a community clean-up day|
|Donation to Veterans group||Volunteer at a Stand Down, or reach out to veterans in need|
|Purchase equipment for Fire Dept. and Police Dept.||Partner with both groups on a Community Safety Day|
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.
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.
Visit our veterans webpage for more information.
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.
Questions? Email ENFPrograms@elks.org or call 773/755-4730.
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