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As stated at convention since this program started, the $400 grant per WA State lodge is available.  Grants are not issued to individuals or available to the public.  This is a WSEA grant not associated with Grand Lodge Grants.  These are Elk Lodge Veteran program grants issued to lodges only, per request of the Lodge Veteran Chair. 


1) Please send your email request to elks4vets@gmail.com. 

2) In the body of the email, please explain the Who, what, when, where and why when requesting the Veteran Grant. These grants are to meet the needs of Service Members and veterans.  They won't be approved for prizes or items that don't help them stay warm, dry, safe and Fed.

3) The request must from the Lodge Veteran Chair with the E.R. CC'd on the email.  after review, the E.R. and Veterans chair will receive confirmation.  If there are questions or concerns, one of the two will be called.  If you do not have a veterans chair, the E.R. may make the request.

4) After the funds have been spent, please send the WSEA office in Tacoma, a copy of your receipts.

5) Send Pictures to elks4vets@gmail.com to be placed on the website with a brief explanation of what you did.  This is not a requirement although we'd like to show off all the great and wonderful things you do for our Vets. 

Veteran Focus Grant

 The following two additional programs will be available to Lodges in and surrounding these areas: Chicago; New York; Washington, D.C.; San Diego, Los Angeles; Loma Linda; Seattle; and Miami-Dade.


Focus Grants for WA State are for Lodges surrounding Seattle

In addition to Freedom Grants, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is funding additional grants in the areas around the 8 target cities identified above. These grants of up to $4,500 will be available specifically to assist veterans who are homeless, or at risk of being so. Information shown if for the grant ending March 31, 2018.  Visit again around July 1, 2018 for current information.

  • Elk involvement is required.

    Grant applications must focus on direct service to veterans in need.

  • A complete application and budget must be submitted and approved before funds are mailed.

    After project is complete, Lodges must complete a Final Report Form, including documentation of all funds spent.

  • More information, including application questions, can be found on this one-page flyer.

  • Is your grant project complete? Don't forget to send in the Final Report Form


Basic Grant Guidelines

Click here for a succinct, printable version of our general CIP grant guidelines.

Charitable: 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.