COVID-19: Click here to learn how the CIP is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overview

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.

On August 1, Beacon Grants will become available to every Lodge in the amount of $3,500—a 40 percent increase over last year’s grant amount.

Typically, Beacon Grants must be used for active projects. But, since nothing is what it was, we’ve built in flexibility for Lodges to meet pressing needs in their own backyards. Here’s how we are relaxing Beacon Grant guidelines.

Keep on keepin’ on. If the Lodge can continue its regular Beacon Grant project with safety precautions, fantastic.

Nope, not safe. If an active Elks-led project isn't feasible, donations will be considered to the partner organization the Lodge usually works with, or to an organization providing COVID relief.

Change it up. If a Lodge would like to pause its regular Beacon Grant project to do a COVID-19 relief project, we’re all for it.

Split it up. From the beginning, the Beacon Grant has only been allowed for one annual project. This year, it can be split between up to two projects.

Merge it. With just the click of a button on the Grants Dashboard, the Lodge can opt to merge their Spotlight Grant with their Beacon Grant, making a total of $5,500 available for a Beacon Grant project.

We announced way back in the pre-pandemic days of late February that the Beacon Grants were set to be $3,000 for FY2021. However, by suspending both Promise Grants and new Impact Grants, we can offer Beacon Grants at $3,500. With the increased grant amount and built-in flexibility, we’re confident that Lodges will continue to rise to the occasion and help communities where it’s needed most.

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.

Applying

2020-21 Dates: NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for 2020-21 Beacon Grants will open August 1, 2020. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close December 31, 2020. Funds must be spent by March 31, 2021.

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 and a grant check to the Lodge address. A Lodge can use its $3,500 Beacon Grant in conjunction with a Gratitude Grant, Spotlight Grant, Freedom Grant or Promise Grant.

Online Final Report: Final Reports are online and can be accessed on the Grants Dashboard. After the grant has been used, complete the Final Report and upload all grant-related receipts and photos. Final Reports will be due 30 days after the anticipated grant completion date. The Lodge will be locked out of applying for grants 60 days from that date.

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

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