Impact Grants are offered to Lodges working to make a significant and meaningful difference in the community through a charitable project. These competitive grants of up to $10,000 inspire Elks to dedicate themselves to service and volunteerism.

What would your Lodge do with $10,000 to serve the community? The possibilities are endless!

Overview

Impact Grants are designed to set a standard of excellence in community leadership through service. The ENF is looking to award Impact Grants to Lodges who intimately understand a problem in their community, have a unique idea about how to solve it, and who are ready with the volunteer power to get it done.

Impact Grants are competitive. Lodges do not need to meet the per-member-giving goal to complete the two-step award process, but funding is limited and only a select number will receive the grant.

Please note that to be eligible for an Impact Grant, Lodges must be in full compliance with the Grand Lodge per-capita assessment, Section 16.010. This refers to Grand Lodge requirements, and does not relate to the ENF.

The Impact Grant process requires two steps. First, the Lodge must fill out an Impact Intent for consideration. Impact Intents will be judged in September, and Lodges will be selected to move on to the full application. Only one Impact Intent per Lodge, per grant year. Please see the instructions and timeline below.

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, appreciation 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.

Applying

The first step, or Impact Intent, involves the Lodge communicating basic details about the proposed project by answering a few important questions. After Impact Intents are reviewed, selected Lodges will be invited to apply with the full application. Lodges must submit an Impact Intent and be invited by the ENF to fill out a full 2022 Impact Grant application.

  • July 1 - August 31, 2021: 2022 Impact Intents open.*
  • September 2021: Lodges moving on to the full application notified.
  • September 15 - November 1, 2021: 2022 New Impact Grant applications open.*
  • December 17, 2021: New Impact Grant class of 2022 announced.
  • 2022 Impact Grants run on the 2022 calendar year, January through December.

*Remember, Impact Grants are competitive. Once an Impact Intent and/or a full application is submitted, it cannot be edited. Please make sure what you are submitting contains all of the pertinent information you wish to have evaluated. We cannot accept additions or supplements to the Intent or full application via mail, fax or email.


Impact Grant Class of 2021

The ENF budgeted $300,000 to continue to support 60 Lodges with 2021 Impact Grants. 46 of these Lodges were approved for Renewal Impact Grant funding, and 14 Lodges will continue to execute their projects with remaining funds from 2020. During a difficult year, these Impact Grantees showed a tremendous amount of perseverance and ingenuity in making a difference in their communities, and we are proud to support them again in 2021.


Impact Grant Class of 2020

The Impact Grant pool continued to get more competitive this year with $500,000 available to support the best projects. In total, 64 Lodges were approved for a 2020 Impact Grant. Some fast facts: 14 Lodges were approved for new projects, 19 Lodges approved for projects in the second or third year of funding, and 31 Lodges approved to run Impact Grant projects in year four or above.


Want to hear more about our current Impact Grant projects?


Click here to view the list, read a summary of each project and access featured stories & visuals!

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