With a focus on supporting and promoting programs that assist children with medical needs and programs addressing hearing and speech disorders, the National Charity operates the following programs annually, subject to constitutional provisions and approval.
The Personal Assistance Program focuses on building stronger communities by assisting a Lodge to help children with medical needs in their Lodge communities. This program allows Lodges to meet the special needs of children (under the age of 19) when funds are not available from other sources.
This means that no child has to be turned down because the Lodge does not have the funds to assist. Any Lodge can access this funding to help a child in their community.
Over 8,600 applications have been processed since the program began and approximately 100 applications from Lodges are currently received at the national office each year. Response time is short as all applications receive priority all year round.
A revised application process is in place. New requirements include the signature of the Exalted Ruler/ Honoured Royal Lady (or other Lodge Official in their absence) and a copy of the Lodge meeting minutes that shows the request is a Lodge decision. A PDF fill-able form is available below and also in the "Forms" section under "National Charity" on the Elks National Website.
Q & A about the Personal Assistance Program
Application Form for Personal Assistance
on-going clinical programs
The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children contributes to clinical programs in several provinces that focus on early diagnosis and treatment of hearing, speech and communicative disorders. By funding these on-going programs, we enable children to access local services and resources that enrich their lives and allow them to reach their fullest potential.
There are currently 7 programs that are funded in provinces across Canada. An amount of $265,000 is allocated to these clinics/programs this year. Over the years millions of dollars have been provided to these clinical programs as well. In addition to the funding from the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children, the programs are supported by the provincial associations and Lodges and individuals who contribute funds and volunteer many hours.
The programs are reviewed annually during the National Charities Committee's planning and budget meeting to determine future directions and support. The directors of the on-going programs being supported are annually asked to submit a request for funding for the next year so that consistent and appropriate evaluation criteria are the basis for decisions regarding further funding.
Click here to view a chat or programs supported to date.
Scholarships are available to full-time students in the final year of a master's or doctorate degree program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The scholarship program is administered by SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada).
Through our partnership and letter of understanding, a total of 17 scholarships are awarded annually.
- The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children Susan Lane Scholarship ($2,000) is awarded to a student based on general selection criteria plus involvement in one of the current Elks on-going clinical programs (BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, ISTAR, SPARC, etc.)
- The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children Deborah Kully Scholarship ($2,000) is awarded to a student based on general selection criteria plus involvement in one of the current Elks on-going clinical programs (BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, ISTAR, SPARC, etc.)
- The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children William J Blake Scholarship ($2,000) is awarded to a student based on general selection criteria plus who is a member (or relative) of the Elks of Canada.
- Fourteen Elks and Royal Purple Gordon Leslie Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) are awarded to students based on general selection criteria.
The Elks of Canada have long been associated with and recognized for their dedication and generous contributions in supporting communication-related professions.
Scholarship information/application is available on the SAC website at www. sac-oac.ca/students/scholarships.
Lodge Charitable Activities
Lodges are groups of men and women across Canada joined through common bonds of friendship and charity. Members focus on principles of charity and community service with an emphasis on children in need.
Charitable initiatives and projects are varied as response is directed by interest and perceived community needs. The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children support Lodges engaged in charitable initiatives and projects on local, provincial and national levels.
Elks of Canada members contribute over $15 million a year in donations and volunteer time.