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!
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 are open from April 1 - August 31, 2023. Impact Intents will be judged in late August, 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.
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.
The ENF budgeted $500,000 to continue to support 56 Lodges with 2022 Impact Grants. 42 of these Lodges were approved for Renewal Impact Grant funding, and 14 Lodges will start new projects in 2022. We are proud to support them in 2022.
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.