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Promise Grants

Grants to DeKalb County, Illinois Nonprofits, Schools,
and Churches to Help the Needy and Underserved

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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DeKalb County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/19/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $2,500 to DeKalb County, Illinois nonprofits, schools, school districts, and churches that offer services to assist marginalized and underserved populations. Special interest will be given to programs focusing on recent immigrants and young children and their families.

Promise Grants are supported by two funds at the DeKalb County Community Foundation:

- The Promise Fund was created to inspire the community to build leadership skills and empower the underserved population within DeKalb County, especially for recent immigrants.

- The Wiegele Family Early Childhood Literacy Fund was created to support early childhood literacy through organizations that provide direct outreach services to underserved populations of very young children (birth to kindergarten), including their parents, in DeKalb County.

Proposed projects will be reviewed on the basis of the following priorities:

-Increase participation of underserved populations in the center of community life;
-Develop leadership skills in marginalized populations;
-Increase understanding and tolerance;
-Raise educational levels and enhance the quality of life;
-Strengthen churches and other social institutions with the capacity to transform community perspectives;
-Support early childhood literacy initiatives and literacy outreach for families with young children;
-Nurture involvement and verbal interaction with babies and children prior to kindergarten;
-Reach adults in an at-risk child’s environment through literacy outreach including but not limited to new mothers, pregnant teens, single parents, homeless parents, preschool teachers and aides, nurses, and babysitters.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175568

Estimated Size of Grant:

Promise Grant requests should not exceed $2,500, but the average Promise Grant awarded is between $500 to $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to apply for a Promise Grant are:

- Agencies operating as a 501(c)3/non-profit entity in DeKalb County, specifically those agencies serving an underserved population with specific or one-time needs.
- School Districts, schools, or education facilities
- Churches and church related groups if proposed program is not religious in nature and does not require a religious commitment to participate

Generally not funded:

-Religious purposes (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, debt reduction, or ongoing operating expenses
-Any political campaign or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any government body
-Financial support to specific individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for Promise Grants are available starting in October of each year. Applications are due by November 19, 2018. Promise Grant Applications are due online by midnight on the specified date.

Grant applications must be submitted online. Grant decisions are generally made within one month of the application deadline and applicants will be notified electronically or by phone.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Marc Hooks, Grants and Community Initiatives Manager

DeKalb County Community Foundation
475 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, Illinois 60178

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: DeKalb County