Grants serving veterans and military members must focus on an area of increased need:

  • Employment
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Military Families
  • Health
  • Educational Support

Visit our veterans webpage for more information.

Every Lodge is eligible to apply for a $2,500 Beacon Grant! Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply. Beacon Grant requirements are outlined below.

  • Active: Actively serve the community. If people see the Lodge doing good things, they'll be inspired to join! Beacon Grants cannot be used as donations of funds and supplies.
  • Ongoing: Make a commitment. The project should continue on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis–at the least.
  • Lodge-led: Hands-on Elk involvement! The Lodge should be in charge of the grant funds and project details.
  • New: 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 each year. Beacon Grants cannot be split between two projects.

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.


2019-20 Dates: Applications for 2019-20 Beacon Grants become available online April 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close December 31, 2019. Project activities must be completed by March 31, 2020. Final Report Forms are due one month after the grant project is complete.

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 $2,500 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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