2017-18 Promise Grant Final Report Forms Due by August 31, 2018

Click here to download an editable copy of the 2017-18 Promise Grant Final Report Form.


Five Promises to Youth

When planning your Lodge's Promise Grant, please keep in mind the five promises the grant was founded on.

  • Providing youth with safe places
  • Promoting healthy living
  • Offering support from caring adults
  • Emphasizing the importance of education
  • Encouraging community service

Promise Grants are $2,500 grants available to the first 500 Lodges that apply for an eligible charitable youth activity. Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply.

They should follow each of the following objectives:

  • Active:
    • Lodge members should be actively involved in the planning and execution of the project.
    • All funds should be used in direct support of the project and cannot be solely a donation of funds or supplies.
  • Engaging:
    • Projects should give youth and Elks a chance to come together, and should focus on serving youth who are at-risk or underserved.

Promise Grants are a great opportunity for Lodges to act as a positive influence in their communities by hosting projects that build the character and competence of local youth.

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.


2017-18 Dates: Promise Grant applications are available on July 1, 2017. Promise Grant Funds must be spent between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018. Final Report Forms are due by August 31, 2018.

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

Process: Upon approval of a Lodge's online application, the ENF will mail the Lodge an approval letter, a grant check and a Final Report Form. A Lodge can use its Promise Grant in conjunction with a Gratitude Grant and/or a Beacon Grant. Applications must be submitted separately.

Final Report Forms: After the grant has been used, mail in the Final Report Form, along with all grant-related receipts. Please email photos. Lodges that do not complete this required form will not be eligible for any ENF grants the following year.

2017-18 Promise Grant Applications are Closed

We hit 500 approved applications in record time this year. As of August 28, 2017, all 2017-18 Promise Grants have been awarded.

If your Lodge missed out on the opportunity this year, consider using an Anniversary Grant or Gratitude Grant to fund your charitable project for youth.

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

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