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Celebrate 150 Years with 1,500 Gratitude Grants! Jun 14, 2018

Thanks to hardworking Lodges across the country, the ENF surpassed its all-time record this year, awarding 1,508 Gratitude Grants!

2018 Impact Grant First Quarter May 21, 2018

There are 77 Lodges across the country busy running Impact Grant projects this year. Take a look at some of their accomplishments in the first quarter of 2018.

Anniversary Celebration May 1, 2018

Check out some fast facts on the hugely popular Anniversary Grant!

Record Year For Beacon Grants May 1, 2018

This year was another record breaking year for Beacon Grants! Take a look as we break it down by the numbers.

Orange Elks Deliver on Reading Promise Mar 21, 2018

Orange, Calif., Lodge No. 1475 started The Reading Promise! to encourage kids to read. Their most recent event became one of the most widely attended programs at their local library. Read how here.

Chivalry is Not Dead for the Elks Mar 7, 2018

Tampa, Fla., Lodge No. 708 made it their mission to bring the number of high school dropouts as close to zero as possible in their community. Read how they're doing it here.

Show You Care with Character Feb 26, 2018

Vero Beach, Fla., Lodge No. 1774 discovers their Elks Love Kids of Character Stores is not only fun for the students, but improves their grades and behavior too!

BIG NEWS - Changes Coming to the CIP Feb 20, 2018

Big things are happening in the Community Investments Program next grant year. The Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees met in Long Beach, California February 14 and approved some exciting changes. Here’s a sneak peek!

Dover Elks Dive Headfirst to Help Local Shelters Feb 12, 2018

Dover, Del., Lodge No. 1903 used an Impact Grant to start their very own Dover Elks Pantry. Read how their work is helping their community here.

Piloting toward the Possible Jan 31, 2018

Tawas Area, Mich., Lodge No. 2525, is helping students at the Alternative Education Academy (AEA) of Iosco County a charter school reach their potential using an Impact Grant. Read how here.

Gone (Fly) Fishing Jan 25, 2018

To help veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, Moscow, Idaho, Lodge No. 249 used an Impact Grant to teach a lifelong skill that will help curb the symptoms of PTSD. Can you guess what it is?

Gratitude Grants Galore! Jan 15, 2018

Is your Lodge interested in applying for a Gratitude Grant but unsure where to start? Watch this webinar for a step-by-step walk-through of a real application along with a few examples of great projects. Don't delay, applications are due May 31!

Fulfilling the Need to Read Jan 2, 2018

Laughlin, Nev., Lodge No. 2872 is one of only 77 Lodges to receive a 2018 Impact Grant. The Lodge's children's literacy project, in year three, is thriving—read to find out why!

Spreading Cipmas Cheer! Dec 13, 2017

Click along this interactive map to see how 35 Lodges across Elkdom are celebrating through service this holiday season.

An Elkmas Surprise Dec 5, 2017

We're kicking off the Christmas season, with a poem from one of our very own CIPsters. Read on to learn more about the Lodge’s project to support veterans experiencing homelessness.

Remembering to Give Thanks: An Interview with Lewiston Nov 20, 2017

We thought we’d check in with a Lodge Grants Coordinator to see how they celebrated the holiday last year. Click the link to see our conversation.

Celebrate Veterans Remembrance Month Nov 9, 2017

November is Veterans Remembrance Month. Read this story for more stories and resources on serving the needs of today's veterans.

#ScholarCIPMegaTrip Journal Sep 28, 2017

Peak into a recap of our barn-storming trip to North and South Carolina!

Promise Grants are going, going, GONE! Sep 12, 2017

Elks are knocking 2017 out of the park! From supporting teens experiencing homelessness, organizing youth art exhibits, and promoting literacy, see how Lodges across the country are strengthening communities.

#ReliveReno Jul 26, 2017

Relive all of the Reno convention fun! See photos, download seminar slides and watch all of the ENF convention films.

Beyond the Basket Jul 11, 2017

Does your Lodge already host a successful holiday project? Consider these tips for spreading holiday cheer throughout the entire year instead! Or, use an Anniversary Grant to support the expansion.

2018 CIP Grants Kick-Off Webinars! Jun 23, 2017

Interested in a quick recap of all the CIP has to offer? Watch one or all of these short webinars.

Letter to Exalted Rulers Jun 15, 2017

Are you the Exalted Ruler at your Lodge? This letter is for you! Read on to learn all about the CIP grants available to your Lodge in 2017-18, including the one-time-only Anniversary Grant!

Announcing the 2017 CIP Volunteer of the Year! Jun 2, 2017

We’re happy to announce that the 2017 CIP Volunteer of the Year is Hopkins, Minn., Lodge No. 2221's very own Gretchen Peterson! Read more about Gretchen's tireless dedication to making her community a better place through CIP grants.

Batting a Thousand Apr 28, 2017

We broke a new record for number of Beacon Grants approved!

Gratitude Grants Galore! Apr 26, 2017

Is your Lodge interested in applying for a Gratitude Grant but unsure where to start? Watch this webinar for a step-by-step walk-through of a real application along with a few examples of great projects. Don't delay, applications are due May 31!

Coming in 2017-18: The Anniversary Grant Apr 4, 2017

Learn more about our brand-new grant opportunity, coming in 2017-18. This one-time $1,500 grant will be available to every Lodge. Applications open July 1.

Is Your Lodge Out of Grant Compliance? Feb 22, 2017

Watch this short presentation or view the slides for more information on being out of grant compliance and how to resolve the issue.

200 Freedom Grants in 2017-18 Feb 22, 2017

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. This is up from 180 in 2016-17.

Beacon Grant Breakdown Feb 13, 2017

Is your Lodge interested in applying for a Beacon Grant but unsure where to start? Read through these slides of our presentation breaking down the Beacon Grant. And then, apply today!

Beacon Grant Instagrants Feb 13, 2017

The Beacon Grant deadline is March 31. Check out these easily replicable project ideas and submit an application today!

New Gratitude Grant InstaGrants Feb 9, 2017

Need some ideas for a stellar Gratitude Grant project? Look no further than our Gratitude Grant InstaGrants feature!

Evaluate and Promote Success Feb 9, 2017

The fourth and final step in our CIP Toolkit talks about evaluating your project and promoting successes to the Lodge, the community and beyond!

Harness Lodge Support Feb 7, 2017

It's the third step in our CIP Toolkit—all about energizing current and prospective members to serve.

Archived Final Report Forms Feb 7, 2017

Still missing past year Final Report Forms? They're posted here.

The 2017 CIP Volunteer of the Year Application is Now Open Feb 6, 2017

Do you know an Elk volunteer who uses ENF Community Investments Program grants to do great things? Are you that person? Complete an application for the 2017 CIP Volunteer of the Year!

Plan a Charitable Project Feb 2, 2017

The second step in our CIP Toolkit, it's time to start planning your project. Read on for tips and project ideas.

Assess a Community Need Feb 2, 2017

The first step in our CIP Toolkit, it's imperative to understand community needs before you jump in to help.

Impact Grant Class of 2017 Nov 22, 2016

Learn more about the Impact Grant class of 2017!

Any Leftover Candy? Nov 1, 2016

Did your Lodge host a Halloween event and have a ton of leftover candy? Put it to good use! Read the story to learn how.

Out of Compliance? Sep 16, 2016

As of September 16, all Lodges who are missing or have pending 2015-16 Final Report Forms are listed as out of compliance.

Record Time for Promise Grants! Sep 8, 2016

As the summer comes to an end, so does the Promise Grant application cycle. Learn more about our record-breaking year!

2016 Impact Grants: Second Quarter Review Aug 9, 2016

The class of 2016 Impact Grants are off and running! Check out how far these 63 projects have come through half of the year.

Announcing the 2016 CIP Volunteer of the Year May 20, 2016

Good News! The results are in, and the 2016 CIP Volunteer of the Year is Fresno, Calif., Lodge No. 439's very own, Susan Good!

2016 Impact Grants: First Quarter Update May 11, 2016

The class of 2016 Impact Grants are off and running! Check out how far these 63 projects have come in only four short months.

Beacon Grant Greatness May 10, 2016

2015-16 was a record year for the Beacon Grant—974 grants were issued to Lodges across the country for ongoing charitable activities. Take a look at this infographic to see how far the Beacon Grants have come, and how your Lodge can get in on the action this coming July!

10 Steps to a Better Beacon Grant Mar 7, 2016

Step up to the plate! Beacon Grant applications are due March 31, don't leave this $2,000 on the table! Read for 10 tips to get you ready to apply.

10 Reasons to Love the CIP Feb 8, 2016

Love is in the air this Valentines Day! To celebrate, here are ten reasons to love CIP grants!

10 Resources for Engaging Elks Scholars Dec 17, 2015

It's the season of giving, and the season of long winter breaks for college students. With both coinciding, it's also the perfect time to engage Elks scholars in service! Today’s Elks scholars can be tomorrow’s Elks—get the ball rolling with these ten resources.

10 Tips for Meeting the Needs of Today's Veterans Nov 12, 2015

November is Veterans Remembrance Month—a month to reflect on the Elks’ year-round promise that “so long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” Turn your Lodge’s passion of serving veterans into action using these ten tips.

10 Ways to Show Grit in Grants Oct 26, 2015

G for guts or growth, R for resilience, I for integrity, and T for tenacity.

10 Tips for Promoting Grant Projects Through Social Media Sep 21, 2015

Spread the word! These days, the simplest way to promote your successful grant project to a wide, engaged audience isn’t a newspaper ad or a radio spot—it’s social media. Read on for 10 ways to harness the power of social media to promote your CIP grant project!

10 Common Final Report Form Questions Aug 3, 2015

Not sure what to write down on your Lodge's Final Report Form? Take a look at these 10 FAQs for some helpful advice for wrapping up your Lodge's grant project.

CIP Turns 10 Jul 1, 2015

This year, the Community Investments Program turns 10 years old! Click here to read about the program's incredible growth.

10 Ways to Stretch your Grant Dollars Mar 26, 2015

Read these tips on how to make the most of your grant funds.

Youth Resources Feb 11, 2015

Each community is different. Community Investments Program grants offer Lodges opportunities to reach local youth and address their unique needs. This list of organizations offers a few examples of youth organizations that could make good Elks partners. There may be similar groups in your community.

Veterans Organizations Nov 24, 2014

We know Elks have a strong passion for serving veterans. We also know each community is different. To help your Lodge effectively serve veterans and military members in need, we’ve compiled a short list of organizations that serve military members and veterans in need. This list is a great place to start, but it is by no means exhaustive. Research your own community and find out how your Lodge can serve veterans and military members in need.

Join the Club! Jun 24, 2014

CIP Club is the monthly e-newsletter sent to ENF Grant Coordinators, Lodge Secretaries, ENF Grant Project Managers and any Elks interested in Community Investments Program grants. Sign up today to stay informed, and make sure your Lodge doesn't miss any grant opportunities.

We also have a Facebook CIP Club group online. Click here to become a member, and join in the conversation.

ENF Grants Coordinator Position May 8, 2012

With all their other responsibilities, we know Lodge Secretaries don’t always have time to complete grant applications. To help Lodges complete online grant applications, we’ve created a new position in CLMS called an ENF Grants Coordinator. Click here to read more about this position and how your Lodge can appoint a grants coordinator.

News Release Generator Nov 3, 2011

Write your own news release to share your Lodge’s good work with your community! Click here to use our online News Release Generator to create a news release or view and edit saved releases.
For tips on creating a release that will get your story in the news, click here.

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