Impact Grants offer your Lodge a chance to start a large-scale, ongoing service project—a project that will address unmet needs and inspire Lodge members to get involved and actively serve the community.

Impact Grants are different from other CIP grants in that they are competitive. All Lodges are eligible to apply, 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.

Lodges should use Impact Grants for ongoing, Elks-led projects that address problems in Elks communities. These grants are designed to set a standard of excellence in community leadership through volunteerism, mentoring and service. Impact Grants are intended to raise the Lodge's profile in the community and inspire new members to join a Lodge that's making a difference.

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.


  • July 1, 2017 - September 8, 2017: 2018 Impact Grant application are available.
  • October 31, 2017: 2018 Impact Grant recipients announced.
  • January 2018 - December 2018: 2018 Impact Grant projects take place.

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

2018 Impact Grant Applications Open July 1

Lodge Secretaries or Grant Coordinators follow these three steps:

1. Go to the Member Login and enter your existing username and password.

2. Go to the ENF Grants application page.

3. Choose Impact Grant and click "Proceed to Application."

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

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