Promise Grants are $2,000 grants available to the first 500 Lodges. They offer Lodges a chance to be a positive influence in their communities by hosting an event that builds the character and competence of local youth. Promise Grants encourage Elks to actively engage with youth by addressing one or more of these five promises: providing youth with safe places, offering support from caring adults, promoting healthy living, emphasizing the importance of education, and encouraging community service.
Applications are available on the Grand Lodge website starting July 1st.
When planning your Lodge’s Promise Grant project, keep in mind that the project must be more than a donation of funds or supplies. Lodges should hold events that give Elks and youth a chance to come together.
West Palm Beach Lodge #1352 used its Promise Grant to start a Garden Club at two local elementary schools. Elks partnered with the school’s daycare programs and taught more than 50 students everything about gardening. Elks came back week after week to help the children care for the garden. Garden Club members also learned about healthy eating and the nutritional value of each plant they grew, from asparagus to zucchini. At the end of the school year, each child took home his or her own tomato plant, grown from a seed. Then, the Elks and students used their vegetables to make toppings and sauce for homemade pizza!
- Lodges are eligible to apply for one Promise Grant per year. Lodges that receive both a Promise and Gratitude Grant may combine them to hold one youth event.
- Grant monies are only available for Elks-led youth events. NEW! To better help Lodges serve the community and raise the Lodge’s profile, Lodges are no longer able to use grants to fund scholarships, Hoop Shoot events, hold youth awards nights, hold poster and/or essay contests, or to have fundraisers. These are worthwhile activities. However, CIP grants are intended help Lodges expand their charitable outreach and fund projects that will inspire your neighbors to join an organization that’s doing great things.
- You do not need to meet the GERs per-capita goal to apply. All Lodges are eligible, but must be in full compliance with their Grand Lodge per-capita assessment, Section 16.010. (This refers to the payment of annual dues to Grand Lodge.)
- Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Upon receipt and approval of the online grant application, the ENF will mail each Lodge an approval letter, a grant check, and a Final Report Form.