Here are some resources that will help your Lodge navigate CIP grants.

Final Reporting. Find information on how to complete Final Reports.

CIP Participation Report. The CIP Participation Report shows the status of each Lodge’s grants.

General CIP Guidelines. A succinct, printable version of CIP guidelines.

CIP Grant History. Review grant applications and Final Reports from Lodges around the country.

CIP Central. Read the latest news from the CIP!

Annually on April 1, $4,000 Beacon Grants open to every Lodge. Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply. Beacon Grant requirements are outlined below.

Elks Care, Year after Year. Lodges are required to use the Beacon Grant for projects that are Lodge-led, ongoing, and active. Continue your current project or start a new annual project that addresses the present needs of your community.

Get More, Do More. With just the click of a button on the Grants Dashboard, the Lodge can merge its Spotlight Grant with its Beacon Grant, making a total of $6,000 available for a Beacon Grant project. If the Lodge qualified for a Gratitude Grant, that can also be added to the Beacon Grant for a total of $6,000-$8,000. Or merge all three grants together to supersize your Beacon Grant to up to $10,000!

Split it up. Beacon Grants can be split between two projects.

Engage and Elevate. Beacon Grants require active participation. Donations will be considered if the purchasing power of an organization providing essential needs is higher, but a level of participation will be required through volunteering.

2024-25 Toolkit

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2024-25 Dates: Applications for 2024-25 Beacon Grants open on April 1 and will close on January 22, 2025. Funds must be spent by March 31, 2025.

How to apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to access, complete and submit the online application through the CIP Grants Dashboard.

Process: Upon approval of a Lodge's online application, the ENF will mail an approval letter and a grant check to the Lodge address.

Final Reporting: After the grant has been used, complete the Final Report and upload all grant-related receipts and photos. For complete Final Report details, click here.

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

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