Impact Grants are designed to set a standard of excellence in community leadership through service. The ENF awards 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 down. Since 2008, the ENF has awarded over $6,500,000 in Impact Grants to 257 Lodges.
The ENF budgeted $500,000 to continue to support 60 Lodges with 2022 Impact Grants. 46 of these Lodges were approved for Renewal Impact Grant funding, and 14 Lodges will be starting new projects in 2022.
Allegheny, Pa., Lodge No. 339
(Year 7) will continue the Yellow Glove Project
, which fills the gap food stamps leave for local families.
Ames, Iowa, Lodge No. 1626
(New) will bring the community together through its project, OneAmes
, providing biweekly events to connect people experiencing homelessness with the community at large through educational programming and medical assistance.
Augusta, Maine, Lodge No. 964
(New) will give high school students an edge when it comes to career choice with Elks serving as mentors to teach essential job skills and cultivate potential career paths through the Edge Program
Ballard (Seattle), Wash., Lodge No. 827
(New) will construct and operate community gardens at two homeless shelters while providing cooking and nutrition classes to residents in Jubilee Community Gardens
Beaumont, Texas, Lodge No. 311
(Year 4) will continue Elks Preparing Boys for Tomorrow
, a project dedicated to providing a facility for meals and meetings at Boys Haven, a shelter for boys.
Brainerd, Minn., Lodge No. 615
(Year 5) will continue the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock and Open Mic Venue
, a summer camp music program and open mic nights for teens.
Bremerton, Wash., Lodge No. 1181
(Year 3) will promote literacy and prepare elementary school students for natural disasters in an area that sits on two fault lines through Reading for Readiness
Bristol County, R.I., Lodge No. 1860
(Year 14) will continue East Bay Cares
, a food and supply project for area food pantries and other social service organizations.
Caldwell, Idaho, Lodge No. 1448
(Year 8) will continue the Elks Care about Foster Care
project, which supports children in the foster care system.
Cartersville, Ga., Lodge No. 1969
(Year 6) will continue Project Safe Harbor
, which supports the food and material needs of a local homeless shelter.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Lodge No. 91
(New) will help veterans stay safe and warm in their homes by assisting with home repairs through its project, Home Sweet Home
Cheyenne, Wyo., Lodge No. 660
(New) will be the first-ever Wyoming Impact Grantee with Operation Brotherly Love
, which will provide meals, support and resources to people experiencing homelessness in their community.
Coolidge-Florence, Ariz., Lodge No. 2350
(Year 6) will continue EFELT (Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies)
, its weekend meal program for youth.
Davenport, Iowa, Lodge No. 298
(Year 3) will support elementary school students monthly with winter clothes, school supplies, educational activities, and literacy programs through Kids at Madison School Matter
Dover, Del., Lodge No. 1903
(Year 7) will continue the Elks 1903 Pantry
, a mobile pantry for individuals experiencing homelessness.
El Paso, Texas, Lodge No. 187
(Year 5) will continue TTP Community Outreach Campaign
, a program designed to raise awareness for and package and distribute hygiene items to local nonprofits.
El Reno, Okla., Lodge No. 743
(Year 4) will maintain the Veterans Mobile Resource Unit
, a trailer equipped to provide supplies and support to veterans in crisis.
Elwood, Ind., Lodge No. 368
(Year 3) will promote literacy and combat hunger among local students through Read & Feed: Fiction, Food and Fun
, a project utilizing food-themed books and corresponding dinners.
Erie, Pa., Lodge No. 67
(Year 4) will continue Comfort Care 4 Vets (CC4V)
, a project dedicated to providing hygiene items and other non-food essentials to veterans through the Erie V.A. Medical Center.
Fayetteville-Springdale, Ark., Lodge No. 1987
(Year 8) will continue the Veterans Impact Grant Project
, which meets the needs of veterans who are experiencing, or have recently exited, homelessness.
Florida Keys, Fla., Lodge No. 1872
(Year 9) will continue providing outings for veterans with disabilities through their project, Vets on the Water
Fresno, Calif., Lodge No. 439
(Year 8) will continue the Mt. Olympus Challenge
, a school-based program that teaches teens at risk of dropping out the importance of community service.
Gilbert, Ariz., Lodge No. 2848
(Year 3) will provide boxes of food and new clothes to elementary school students through Caring is Sharing
Grand Island, Neb., Lodge No. 604
(Year 6) will continue the Veterans Food Pantry
, which provides critical items to veterans transitioning out of homelessness.
Grangeville, Idaho, Lodge No. 1825
(New) will decrease food waste through Feed the Need
, providing a variety of classes on food preservation, such as canning, food dehydration, wild game processing and jerky making.
Greater Pine Island, Fla., Lodge No. 2781
(Year 4) will continue the Elks Senior Housing Partnership
project, which helps older community members stay in their homes safely through home updates, ramps and hurricane preparedness support.
Groton, Conn., Lodge No. 2163
(Year 3) will run Donation Station
in partnership with Groton Human Services to provide needed household items like paper towels, dish soap, and laundry detergent for people experiencing homelessness and families.
Hackensack, N.J., Lodge No. 658
(New) will expand upon past Spotlight Grants to support family literacy and utilization of library programs through Hackensack Elks Little Library Operation, or HELLO, Boxes
Hackettstown, N.J., Lodge No. 2331
(New) will work with the local Hispanic community to provide youth enrichment programs, translation services, and adult ESL resources through Conexiones Hispanas, or Hispanic Connections
Hickory, N.C., Lodge No. 1654
(Year 11) will continue the Helping Hands
project, which provides meals to a soup kitchen.
Hopkins, Minn., Lodge No. 2221
(Year 10) will continue Teaming Up for Teens
, a support program for teens experiencing homelessness.
Kerrville, Texas, Lodge No. 2081
(Year 8) will continue to support community members with mental illness by hosting events and providing supplies through the Bridging the Gap
Kingman, Ariz., Lodge No. 468
(Year 4) will help veterans and their families move into permanent housing through Operation Turnkey
. The Lodge will provide vital home supplies and mentorship throughout the year.
Lake Hopatcong, N.J., Lodge No. 782
(New) will use its namesake natural resource to develop environmental sustainability by teaching students from families living in households below the poverty line the importance of water and lake ecology through Lake Hopatcong Elks Floating Classroom
Lake Oconee, Ga., Lodge No. 2849
(Year 5) will continue Reaching Out to Our Vets, a program that provides residents at a local home for veterans with supplies, clothing and experiences.
Laughlin, Nev., Lodge No. 2872
(Year 7) will continue its reading literacy program with a mobile incentive store, Read to Succeed
Laurel, Md., Lodge No. 2283
(Year 4) will support Nick’s Place
, a drug recovery living facility for males ages 20-24, with food, supplies and social activities through the We’ve Got Your 6 project.
Lockport, N.Y., Lodge No. 41
(Year 10) will resume Camp Happiness
for children and young adults with disabilities.
McAllen, Texas, Lodge No. 1402
(Year 6) will continue the Elks Enrichment Programs for Youth
, a series of youth summer camps.
Newport, R.I., Lodge No. 104
(New) will address unmet needs by providing incontinence products, specialty diet foods, and other hygiene-related items to a food pantry through DIGNITY
Osawatomie, Kan., Lodge No. 921
(Year 3) will keep up Tri-Ko and Us
, a project supporting adults with disabilities through monthly social activities and improvements to a local disability support organization’s facilities.
Pendleton, S.C., Lodge No. 2861
(Year 8) will continue On a Mission
, a series of summer events and trips for teens living in a household below the poverty line.
Plainview, Texas, Lodge No. 1175
(Year 5) will sustain the Elks 1175 Center
, a safe facility for veterans transitioning out of homelessness to stay and receive services.
Plant City, Fla., Lodge No. 1727
(Year 3) will assemble the Weekly Everyday Blessings (WEB) Squad
to provide weekly meals, several holiday events and support to a local foster care program.
Port Townsend, Wash., Lodge No. 317
(Year 5) will continue the Elks 317 Supply Shop
to meet the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness in their community.
Red Wing, Minn., Lodge No. 845
(Year 3) will keep up HeART (Hope for At-Risk Teens)
, a project that supports teens in their area with cooking classes, childcare supplies, winter clothing, school supplies, hygiene items and a food pantry.
Redlands, Calif., Lodge No. 583
(New) will engage single mothers and their families who have survived domestic violence through events and equip them with day-to-day supplies through Elks Standing in the Gap for Single Moms
Salem, Ill., Lodge No. 1678
(Year 5) will continue Hungry Hearts
, a school-based backpack and literacy program.
Salem, Ore., Lodge No. 336
(Year 3) will carry on with the Salem Elks Welcome Home Project
to help veterans and their families transition into permanent housing with personalized supplies and fellowship.
Santa Maria, Calif., Lodge No. 1538
(New) will host Veteran Stand Downs & Lunches
to serve as a place for veterans to socialize, eat, receive supplies, and obtain information on services provided at the local, state and federal levels.
Santa Monica, Calif., Lodge No. 906
(Year 6) will continue Operation Veteran Support
, a program designed to supply veterans transitioning out of homelessness with clothing, shelter and food.
Saratoga-Wilton, N.Y., Lodge No. 161
(New) plans to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens through programming aimed at preventing domestic violence and sexual assault and will provide support to survivors through Engaging and Supporting Our Community to End Relationship Abuse and Sexual Assault
South Kingston, R.I., Lodge No. 1899
(Year 8) will continue to help local seniors, familiesand individuals with disabilities maintain their homes through the Home Maintenance and Repair Assistance
St. George ‘Dixie,’ Utah, Lodge No. 1743
(Year 8) will continue to connect and mentor students with the Youth in Crisis
St. Louis, Mo., Lodge No. 9
(New) will set students up to take flight after high school through a mentorship program that will introduce students to various career paths though The SOAR Program: Lifting At-Risk High Schoolers to New Heights
Vero Beach, Fla., Lodge No. 1774
(Year 8) will continue Kids of Character
, a program that supports a local elementary school with uniforms and a weekly incentive store for good behavior.
Wagoner, Okla., Lodge No. 2838
(Year 5) will continue Operation Educate and Feed
, a monthly meal program for families facing food insecurity at a local apartment complex.
Washington DC-Rockville, Md., Lodge No. 15
(Year 5) will continue its Elks Fill in the Gaps for Vets
program, which provides material support and social activities to veterans transitioning out of homelessness.
Waynesboro, Va., Lodge No. 2270
(Year 4) will renovate and update a local Boys and Girls Club and help with programming through the Elks Make a Difference for Kids
Wheeling, W. Va., Lodge No. 28
(Year 13) will continue to ensure families with children facing food insecurity are receiving needed support with the Just for Kids
The Impact Grant pool continued to get more competitive last year with $300,000 available to support the best projects. In total, 60 Lodges were approved for a 2021 Impact Grant.