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Promise Grants


Promise Grants are $2,500 grants available to the first 500 Lodges that apply for an eligible charitable youth activity. Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply.

Promise Grants offer Lodges a chance to host an event that builds the character and competence of local youth.

The Lodge's application must meet the following standards for approval:

  • Active:
    • Lodges must be actively involved in the planning and execution of the project.
    • All funds must be used in direct support of the project and cannot be solely a donation of funds or supplies.
  • Meaningful Interaction:
    • Projects should give youth and Elks a chance to come together.
  • Target Youth in Need:
    • Focus on a specific population of youth in need, such as:
      • children of active duty military
      • children in foster care
      • children with disabilities
      • youth involved in the juvenile justice system or have an incarcerated parent
      • children in programs that cater to low-income families such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Head Start, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many more

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.


2018-19 Dates: Applications for 2018-19 Promise Grants open July 1, 2018. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close after 500 have been awarded, or December 31, 2018, whichever comes first. Funds must be spent by March 31, 2019.

How to apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to 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 mailing address. A Lodge can use its Gratitude Grant in conjunction with a Anniversary, Beacon, and/or a Gratitude 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.


One Page Promise Grant Flyer

Promise Grant FAQ's

Sample Application


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.

Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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