In 2019-20 we debuted the Spotlight Grant. Every Lodge will have the opportunity to use this $2,000 grant to shine a light on two important issues facing nearly every American community—family literacy and homelessness among our nation’s veterans.

Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply. Spotlight Grant projects should include the following:

  • Project Plan: The CIP will provide seven projects. The Lodge must select one project, demonstrate the need specific to the community and implement the project. The Lodge must follow the project plan.
  • Lodge-led: Hands-on Lodge involvement is required. The Lodge should oversee project details and grant funds. Spotlight Grants cannot be a donation of supplies/funds and cannot be split between multiple 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.


2020-21 Dates: Due to the rapidly accelerating COVID-19 pandemic, applications for 2020-21 Spotlight Grants will likely open June 1, 2020. (Subject to change.) 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 $2,000 Spotlight Grant in conjunction with a Gratitude, Beacon, Freedom or Promise Grant.

Final Reporting: Final Reports are now online. 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 provided by your Lodge. The Lodge will be locked out of applying for grants 60 days from that date until the report is submitted.

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

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