Gratitude Grants offer an opportunity for Elks to think about how best to serve their community and make it stronger. Gratitude Grants are $2,000 grants and is the ENF’s way of saying thank you to every Lodge that meets the National President’s per-member goal for giving to the ENF. Last year, more than 88 percent of Lodges met the per-member goal for giving to the ENF, so start planning your grant today. The possibilities are endless!
Applications are available on the Grand Lodge website starting July 1st.
These grants can be used to serve a variety of community needs. Gratitude Grants can be used to support local, charitable activities. Lodges use Gratitude Grants to do things like buy supplies for a homeless shelter, partner with D.A.R.E. to hold drug awareness programs in schools, or hold recreational events for people with disabilities.
Though donations do qualify, we encourage your Lodge to consider using its Gratitude Grant in an active way. We want you to serve your communities in ways that will raise the Lodge's profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that's doing big things.
To encourage active projects, each Lodge that applies to use the Gratitude Grant for a donation will receive a follow-up email from the ENF asking the Lodge to consider more active ways to serve the community. Please read the entire email, and contact the ENF with any questions.
Brooksville Lodge #2582 Steps Up
The Brooksville Lodge hosted a pet adoption open house in cooperation with the Hernando County Animal Services Division and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. The Lodge provided subsidies of $25 for a dog and $20 for a cat to anyone who adopted an animal. A total of 13 animals were adopted at the event. The Lodge held the open house with the help of a $2,000 ENF Gratitude Grant.
How to apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to access, complete and submit the online application.
Restrictions: Gratitude Grants must be used for local, charitable projects. They cannot be used to donate to a national organization or to a State Major Project. They also may not be used to rent or repair Lodge buildings or only to benefit Lodge members. Grants cannot be used to fund scholarships, Hoop Shoot events, hold youth awards nights, hold poster and/or essay contests, or to have fundraisers.
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 to the Lodge address. A Lodge can use its $2,000 Gratitude Grant in conjunction with a Beacon Grant and/or a Promise 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, and photos. Lodges that do not complete this required form will not be eligible for any ENF grants the following year.