MAJOR projects

The Idaho State Elks Association began its charitable work in 1947, when it established a convalescent home for children with polio.

The effort grew into a premier rehab system, which included a hospital, hearing and balance, and wound care.


In 2014, the Idaho Elks transitioned away from operating a rehab system to a philanthropic endeavor that focuses on providing financial support for rehab programs and projects across the Gem State.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grant Funding To Date

  • 26 Local Lodge Grants at $1,000 each – $26,000

  • 27 Community Rehab Grants – $278,200


Large Project Funding

  • Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion, Boise – $5 million for naming rights
  • Idaho Elks Valley Vista Rehabilitation Center, St. Maries – fund $500,000 ($200,000 for equipment and $300,000 for remodeling)
  • Franklin County Medical Center, Preston – $265,000 for equipment for expansion of rehab services and remodeling


Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2015

Local Lodge Grants

  • Weiser Memorial Hospital, Weiser – $1,000 towards the purchase of a recumbent cross trainer machine.
  • Benewah Community Hospital, St. Maries – $1,000 for the construction of an outdoor obstacle and agility course for their Rehabilitation Department.
  • Salmon Library Association, Salmon – $1,000 for an automated handicap access system.
  • Franklin County Medical Center, Preston – $1,000 for the installation of wheelchair-accessible doors for their medical clinic.

Community Rehab Grant

  • Benewah Community Hospital, St. Maries – $5,000 for their physical therapists to receive ASTYM certification and $5,000 to purchase a Versa Climber, equipment that complements ASTYM training and other therapies.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2016

Local Lodge Grants

  • Mountain Home Elks Animal Therapy Project, Mountain Home (Mountain Home Elks Lodge #2276) – $1,000 to provide certification for a therapy team, which will assist with animal therapy for patients in the Mountain Home area.

  • Lemhi County Historical Society, Salmon (Salmon Elks Lodge #1620) – $1,000 to install an ADA-compliant accessible ramp to enable disabled community members to access the museum and attend events held at the facility, which serves as a community center.

  • Lewiston Elks Lodge #896 – $1,000 to build two wheelchair ramps at the front of the Lodge to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers and improve access to the entrance for members of the Lodge and community with physical disabilities.

  • Marsing Senior Center, Marsing (Nampa Elks Lodge #1389) – $1,000 to install a wheelchair-accessible ramp for the newly-acquired building.  The current entry ramp does not meet ADA compliance and must be modified, in order to meet state and federal requirements for a senior center. 

  • Veterans Memorial Hall, Caldwell (Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448) – $1,000 for an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift to accommodate visitors from the passenger unloading area to the patio area of the historic, refurbished Veterans Memorial Hall.

Community Rehab Grants

  • Benewah Community Hospital, St. Maries – $10,000 for a piece of equipment for neurological rehab patients, which will provide a new state-of-the-art service, as well as additional rehab options for an increasing number of neurological patients. 

  • Bonner General Health, Sandpoint – $9,721.05 for several pieces of equipment for their new Oncology Rehab program.  The equipment will serve the local cancer patient population and allow for the expansion and improvement of their cancer rehab program. 

  • Idaho State Veterans Home (Idaho Division of Veterans Affairs), Lewiston – $9,955.42 for two pieces of equipment for their Speech Therapy program, which will be beneficial for patients with speech/swallowing/voice quality issues and Parkinson’s/other neurological disorders. 

  • St. Luke’s Rehab Hospital, Boise – $10,000 for their new Community-Based Rehab Therapy (The Bridge Program), which will connect neurological patients with the community and recreational activities as part of the recovery process. 

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2017

Local Lodge Grants

  • Idaho State Veterans Hospital and Boise Elks Lodge #310 – $1,000 for their music therapy program in the Rehab Community Living Center (as well as two other centers), which is designed to help patients with a variety of physical needs.

  • Caldwell Senior Center and Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448 – $1,000 for a variety of small home therapy rehab equipment for seniors using the Caldwell Senior Center.

  • Syringa Hospital and Clinics and Grangeville Elks Lodge #1825 – $1,000 for the establishment of a lending library of instructional materials for patients to do physical therapy exercises at home.

  • Mountain Home Elks Lodge #2276 in partnership with the Mountain Home Lions – $1,000 for a mobile, metal wheelchair ramp for loan to people with physical disabilities.

  • Panhandle Special Needs, Inc. and Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 – $1,000 for the purchase of equipment and materials for a new sensory room, which is designed to improve and rehabilitate patients with balance, brain injury, movement, and other issues.

Community Rehab Grants

  • Bonner General Health in Sandpoint – $10,000 for the replacement of aging cardiac rehab equipment, specifically a treadmill and recumbent elliptical.  An increase in cardiac rehab census and demand in the community warrants the new equipment.

  • Good Samaritan Society – Silver Wood Village in Silverton – $10,000 for a Deluxe Partial Weight Bearing Gait Therapy Device to be used by patients with a number of rehab-related diagnoses (spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, stroke, and hip and knee replacement).

  • Gritman Medical Center in Moscow – $9,600 for the creation of an Activities of Daily Living Treatment Room, which is essentially a space with a cooking area, kitchen, bathtub, and shower designed for helping rehab patients return to independent living.

  • Optimal Well-Being Network in Hauser (Post Falls) – $10,000 for the Stroke Recovery Self-Care and Well-Being Rehabilitation Program, which uses a holistic approach for maximum stroke recovery that addresses mood and quality of life for reintegration into the community.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2018

Local Lodge Grants

  • Salmon Elks Lodge #1620, Salmon – $1,000 for ADA-compliant lift table at an outpatient physical therapy clinic.

  • Mountain Home Elks Lodge #2276, Mountain Home – $1,000 for a lift for a community handicapped accessible van to transport disabled and senior patients to rehab appointments.

  • Salmon Elks Lodge #1620 – $1,000 for a set of parallel bars in a new rehab clinic.

Community Rehab Grants

  • Bonner General Health in Sandpoint – $10,000 for the replacement of aging cardiac rehab equipment, specifically a treadmill and recumbent elliptical.  An increase in cardiac rehab census and demand in the community warrants the new equipment.

  • Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, Orofino – $10,000 for swing bed therapy remodel, which would be a dedicated rehabilitation room for physical and occupational therapy.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2019

Local Lodge Grants

  • Syringa Hospital & Clinics, Grangeville – $1,000 for three-dimensional models and visual aids for the assessment, treatment, and education of patients receiving physical therapy. 

  • Veterans Mobility Corporation, Idaho Falls – $1,000 for the renovation of a restroom to meet ADA compliance in the new home of the Veterans Mobility Corporation, which provides refurbished power wheelchairs to veterans and their dependents at no charge.

  • Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum, Wallace – $998.18 to install an ADA-compliant automatic door for the public restroom at the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum.  The automatic door to be installed by five volunteers from Wallace Elks Lodge #331. 

  • Boundary Community Clinic, Bonners Ferry – $1,000 for ADA-compliant electric door openers at the primary entrance.

  • Benewah Community Hospital, St. Maries – $1,000 for an Elliptical machine to be used for patient rehabilitation, especially those with knee and joint issues who require a lower impact piece of equipment.

  • River of No Return Physical Therapy, Salmon – $1,000 for a set of parallel bars to help stroke patients regain balance and mobility.

Community Rehab Grants

  • Bingham Memorial Hospital, Blackfoot – $9,620.60 for equipment to improve sensory function for pediatric patients and conduct community outreach focused on understanding treatments for Sensory Processing Disorder.

  • Syringa Hospital Foundation DBA Syringa Hospital & Clinics, Grangeville – $9,988 for wound care training and Skin and Wound Management certification for physical therapists, which will allow the facility to provide increased wound care assessments, treatments, and management care for local patients.

  • Fry Healthcare Foundation (Boundary Community Hospital), Bonners Ferry – $6,432.11 to purchase updated equipment as part of The Hausmann Ambulation and Mobility Platform for the Total Joint Program, which will provide rehabilitation services to patients recovering from multiple surgeries.

  • BetterCARE, Inc. (Benewah Community Hospital), St. Maries – $10,000 to develop a Pelvic Health program, which will include the training of two therapists in the effective evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction and purchase of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment.

  • Idaho State University Foundation, Pocatello – $10,000 to purchase the SaeboVR System (Virtual Activities of Daily Living Rehabilitation) to provide care for patients at the ISU Occupational Therapy Clinic and allow them to practice a variety of daily living tasks in one location.  In addition, it will train student Occupational Therapists in this technology, and detailed reporting will be used by faculty and students for research projects.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2020

Local Lodge Grants

  • Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448 – $1,000 for loaning and repairing medical equipment free of charge to seniors, Veterans, and low-income residents of Caldwell recovering from medical procedures while in rehab.

  • Idaho Falls Elks Lodge #1087 – $1,000 towards the purchase of a Convertible Hydraulic Patient Lift tailored to mobility-challenged patients for Brio Healthcare Services, which provides in-home healthcare services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy.

  • Grangeville Elks Lodge #1825 – $1,000 to purchase medical for the Equipment for Loan Program at the Grangeville Senior Center. The equipment allows discharged hospital patients to return home instead of going to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.

Community Rehab Grants

  • Fry Healthcare Foundation, Boundary Community Hospital, Bonners Ferry – $9,503 for the addition of Graston Technique of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization to Manual Interventions for Physical Therapy.  In addition, a physical therapist would be fully trained and certified in the Graston Technique.

  • Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding Center, Twin Falls – $8,025 for Hippotherapy training and certification (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) for therapists.

  • Bonner General Health, Sandpoint – $10,000 for equipment for their Rehabilitation Program, which will allow expansion and improvement of neurological rehab programs. 

  • Eastern Idaho Down Syndrome Family Connect, Idaho Falls – $10,000 for their iCan Bike Camp, which teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, providing recreation and a sense of independence.

  • Idaho State University, Pocatello – $10,000 for the Influence of Community-Based Exercise and Individualized Balance Training on Fall Risk in Parkinson’s Disease. They will collaborate with the Caldwell YMCA to determine if community-based exercise can improve balance and reduce falls among those suffering from Parkinson’s.

  • Franklin County Medical Center, Preston – $3,934.99 for two main pieces of therapy equipment for their new Speech Therapy department.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2021

Community Rehab Grants

  • Bonner General Health, Sandpoint – $10,580.48 for equipment for the Rehabilitation Program, which would allow for the expansion and improvement of sports and orthopedic rehabilitative care.

  • BetterCare (Benewah Community Hospital), St. Maries – $10,000 for the treatment for outpatient Lymphedema patients, which would provide local, gold standard treatment of lymphedema patients through Complete Decongestive Therapy.

  • Power County Hospital District Foundation, American Falls – $4,679 for Cold Compression Therapy Project.  State-of-the-art physical therapy equipment would provide cold therapy to reduce pain and inflammation and compression therapy to improve circulation and reduce recovery time for post-surgery patients.

Idaho Elks Rehab Grants – 2022

Community Rehab Grant

  • Bonner General Health, Sandpoint – $10,000 for equipment (bariatric mat tables and Total Gym Recovery Series Encompass) for rehab program at the main Sandpoint campus and satellite Priest River location, which would allow for the expansion and improvement of neurological and orthopedic patient rehab care (stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s, knees, hips, back, ankles).

  • Idaho State University, Pocatello – $10,000 for blood flow restriction training technology (orthopedic rehab) to enhance musculoskeletal rehab and outcomes within a student-run pro-bono clinic setting.  Blood flow restriction therapy is an expanding rehab option, which helps hasten the patient’s return to activity, sports, etc., and is proven to be effective in post-surgery rehab.  The unique project involves students, faculty, therapists, community, and volunteers, and will create opportunities for student and volunteer therapists.