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Grants to Support Community and
Organizational Needs in Illinois

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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DeKalb County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/12 5:00 PM


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Grants are available to Illinois non-profits and municipal agencies for programs and projects in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and human services, community development, and civic affairs. Previous grants were provided for a variety of community and organizational needs, including equipment purchases, landscaping, preservation, facility repairs and upgrades, literacy, and technology needs.

Organizations can receive funding for projects that:
1. Promote organizations whose services benefit the residents of DeKalb County
2. Assist existing agencies to better respond to needs of the community
3. Maintain both a proactive focus for grant dollars and the ability to respond to creative ideas from grant seekers
4. Encourage programs and projects that enhance cooperation and collaboration among institutions within DeKalb County
5. Leverage funds using "seed" money, "match" and "challenge" grants.

Grants are not made for:
* Operational phases of established programs
* Personnel and/or administrative costs associated with programs and projects
* Religious purposes (however, grants can be given to religious organizations for non-religious purposes, or facilities such as day-care centers that have non-profit status independent from a sponsoring church or religious organization)
* Purchase of advertising
* Capital or operation debt reduction
* Any political campaign or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any government body
* Specific individuals

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127588

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

1 year; possibility for a longer period depending on circumstances


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profits without 501(c)(3) status can apply, however those with 501(c)(3) will receive priority

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations are only eligible to receive a Community Needs grant once every two grant periods.

Public School Districts – Within public school districts, the above mentioned guideline applies to each school (or designated level) in the particular district. For example, each elementary, middle, and high school building (or grade levels if within the same building) is eligible to receive one grant per two grant periods.

Higher Education – On the Community College or University level, each “department” is eligible to receive one grant per two grant periods.

Municipal Government – Within municipal governments that serve DeKalb County, each department (i.e. police, fire) is eligible to receive one grant per two grant periods.

501(c)(3) organizations serving DeKalb County must have a complete and up-to-date profile on the DeKalb County Non-profit Directory ( in order to receive a grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Anita Zurbrugg, Program Director
(815) 748-5383

Grant Coverage Areas:

DeKalb County

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois