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Community Grant - Transformational Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Capacity Building Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chicago Community Trust - Community Foundation for McHenry County

Conf. Date:

01/21/20

LOI Date:

02/12/20

Deadline Date:

04/01/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to build capacity for programs that address the needs of local residents. Applicants must submit an LOI and attend an information workshop prior to applying. Grants are intended to support organizations by expanding ideas or assisting with work in progress that will lead to organizational advancement. Grant recipients must focus on the values of their mission and produce measurable results that positively impact the community as a whole. Programs must benefit residents of McHenry County.

Additional guidelines:

  • The Community Foundation encourages collaboration in both execution and funding of projects.
  • The Community Foundation supports projects which have been planned in light of overall community needs and which do not duplicate existing services.
  • Projects that demonstrate a capacity to be sustainable in the future are favorable.

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:

Community Grant opportunities are available to agencies and charitable organizations that fit the following criteria:
- Nonprofit agencies located in McHenry County or agencies that are able to demonstrate significant impact within McHenry County.
- Nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or agencies using a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent.
- All organizations must be corporations in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.
- All 501(c)(3) organizations must be registered as a charitable organization with the Illinois Attorney General with timely filed annual reports (form AG990-IL).

The Foundation will NOT Fund:
-Endowment campaigns
-Individuals
-Programs that require adherence to a particular religious belief or practice to receive services (faith-based organizations serving the community-at-large will be considered)
-Political campaigns or endeavors
-Operating deficits or liquidation of existing debt

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 and Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Applicants must attend one day.

In addition, applicants invited to submit a full proposal must attend a second workshop outlining Logic Models pertaining to Transformational Grants, and should incorporate that information into their grant application. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are due by Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Full applications are due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. All applications must be completed and submitted to The Community Foundation for McHenry County by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

The RFP and application will open on January 15, 2020. The application process will include the following:
- Applicants must attend a Transformational Grant Workshop to be eligible to apply.
- A Letter of Intent will be required, and select eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
- Applicants invited to submit a full proposal must attend a second workshop outlining Logic Models pertaining to Transformational Grants, and should incorporate that information into their grant application.
- Finalists will be invited to give a brief presentation to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.
- Transformational Grant recipients will be notified and a site visit will be scheduled to present a check.

Timeline:
- Grant workshops: January 15 and January 21, 2020
- LOI due: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
- Site Visits: February 19 - 24, 2020
- Full proposal invitations distributed: February 26, 2020
- Workshops (Logic Model Formulation): March 4 and March 10, 2020
- Full application date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
- Projects presented to Board of Directors: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
- Grant recipients notified: Friday, April 24, 2020
- Check distribution and site visit: Week of June 1

Contact Information:

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

Access application via Grants Central (from January 15, 2020):
https://cct.smartsimple.com/welcome/mchenrycounty?prole=11682

The Community Foundation for McHenry County
630 N. Route 31, Suite 101
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012
grants@cct.org
tel:+1-815-338-4483

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: McHenry County

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