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Community Grant - Transformational Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Address
the Needs of Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chicago Community Trust - Community Foundation for McHenry County

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Deadline Date:

03/24/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations to build capacity for programs that address the needs of local residents in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an LOI and attend an information workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for applicants serving residents of McHenry County.

Transformational Grants are designed to support a charitable organization (or a group of organizations) through the expansion of an idea or assist with a work in progress that will lead to organizational advancement.

Transformational Grantees must focus on the values of their mission and produce measurable results that positively impact the community as a whole.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163453

Number of Grants:

Up to three Transformational Grants will be awarded per year

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations must apply annually, and are eligible to receive up to $75,000 per year.

Organizations are eligible to win up to three years in a row, for a possible total of $225,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year only and funded projects must be completed one year from receipt of the check.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Charitable organizations that provide vital community resources to the residents of McHenry County may apply.

Collaboration among agencies is required and will be considered during the review process. Letters of support from collaborating organizations on their official letterhead will be required to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Transformational Grant Informational Workshop via Zoom: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- All charitable organizations interested in submitting a full application for a 2021 Transformational Grant must attend this workshop.
- Please RSVP by January 18 at 12:00 p.m. to receive the link to join the virtual Zoom meeting. To RSVP:

Logic Model Workshop via Zoom: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- This workshop is for applicants of The Foundation's Transformational Grants that have been contacted and invited to submit a full proposal.
- Please RSVP by February 23 at 12:00 p.m. to receive the link to join the virtual Zoom meeting. To RSVP:

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for Transformational Grants:
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021: Transformational Grant Informational Workshop via Zoom (Attendance Required)
- Wednesday, February 10, 2021: Letter of Intent Due
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021: Full Proposal Invitations
- Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Logic Model Workshop via Zoom (Attendance Required)
- Wednesday, March 24, 2021: Full Application Due. All applications must be completed and submitted to The Community Foundation for McHenry County by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
- Mid-April 2021: Finalist Presentations to Board Members
- Friday, April 23, 2021: Grant Recipients Notified
- May/June 2021: Grant Distribution and Site Visits

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions about the Foundation’s annual grant opportunities or about the online informational workshop, please contact Lyndsey Thompson, Director of Program Services, at or 815-338-4483.

The Community Foundation for McHenry County
33 E Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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