2017-18 Beacon Grant Final Report Forms Due by August 31, 2018

Click here to download an editable copy of the 2017-18 Beacon Grant Final Report Form.


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! Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply.

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.

With Beacon Grants, we're looking for five things.

  • New: If your Lodge has not received a Beacon Grant before, it must be used to start a project that the Lodge has never previously funded. If your Lodge received a Beacon Grant in the past, it should continue that project. Ideally, your Lodge will continue to use the Beacon Grant for the same successful project year after year.
  • Ongoing: Project must be something repeatable that the Lodge is committed to continuing on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Funds should be used in the same manner every year. Beacon Grants cannot be split between two projects.
  • Elks-led: Project requires hands-on Elk involvement. The Lodge should be in charge of the grant funds and project details.
  • Charitable: All CIP grants must be focused on helping those in need, and addressing local issues. The project cannot benefit only the Lodge or Lodge members.
  • Active 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!

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.


2018-19 Dates: Applications for 2018-19 Beacon Grants became available online July 1, 2018. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close December 31, 2018. Project activities must be completed by March 31, 2019. Final Report Forms are due in accordance with project completion date.

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 $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. Please email photos. Lodges that do not complete this required form will not be eligible to apply for ENF grants the following year.

2017-18 Beacon Grant Applications are closed. 2019 Beacon Grants will open on July 1, 2018.

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 LodgeGrants@elks.org or call 773/755-4730.

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