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Community Needs Grants

Grants to DeKalb County, Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and IHEs to Benefit the Local Community

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DeKalb County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to DeKalb County, Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public schools, colleges, and universities to benefit the local community in a broad range of areas. Applicants requesting $25,000 or more are required to contact program in advance of submitting an application.

The Board has broadly defined the goals and priorities of its Community Needs grant making as follows:
-Promote and enhance organizations whose services benefit the residents of DeKalb County.
-Assist existing agencies to better respond to clearly defined unmet needs within the community.
-Encourage programs and projects that enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations within DeKalb County. Examples of collaboration include partnering with community organizations, demonstrating community leadership, and being a contributing member of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP).

The Community Foundation provides Community Needs Grants in the following areas:
-Arts and Culture
-Community Development
-Environment and Animal Welfare
-Health and Human Services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173708

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically one-time awards supporting projects that will be completed within one year. When circumstances permit, a commitment may be made to a specific project for a longer period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Preference is given to 501(c)3 organizations.

Organizations can only receive one successful grant per two consecutive grant periods. For example, if an application in the fall grant period is funded in any amount, that organization is not eligible to receive another grant until at least the following fall. If a grant application is not funded, an organization may re-apply with a similar or new application in the next grant period. Please plan your project and grant request accordingly.

Additional Provisions for Grantees Serving DeKalb County:

-Public School Districts – Within public school districts, the above mentioned guidelines apply to each school. For example, each elementary, middle, and high school building is eligible to receive one grant per two grant periods.

-Higher Education – Within a community college or university, each “department” is eligible to receive one grant per two grant periods.

-Municipal or Governmental Entities – Within governmental entities, each department (i.e. police, fire) is eligible to receive one grant per two grant periods.

While the Community Foundation remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, in general, Community Needs Grants are not made for:
-Operational costs of projects, programs and organizations including updating technology
-Personnel and/or administrative costs
-Religious purposes (However, grants may be given to religious organizations for programs or projects that confer an expressed or direct community benefit or to 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
-Direct funding to individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by midnight on March 1 or September 1 and become available two months prior to the deadlines. Organizations must complete an online application. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

Applicants requesting $25,000 or more must contact the Community Foundation Grants Director, Tiffany McQueen Lewis by February 1 for the spring grant season or August 1 for the fall grant season. Applications for greater than $25,000 that have not been vetted with the Community Foundation by February 1 or August 1 will not be accepted.

The Board prioritizes proposals that leverage funds and in-kind support, such as using "seed" money, "match" and "challenge" grants and funds from multiple sources.

Potential applicants for any grant amount are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Foundation prior to the grant deadline for help facilitating a successful application process.

Applicants will be notified of the Community Foundation's funding decisions near May 1 in the spring grant season, and November 1 in the fall grant season.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Tiffany McQueen Lewis

DeKalb County Community Foundation
475 DeKalb Ave.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: DeKalb County