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Discretionary Grantmaking Program

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for
Arts, Health, Humanities, and Social Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (CFFRV)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

11/01/18 12:00 Noon


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Illinois nonprofits in the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County for capital projects. Letters of Intent are due March 31, 2018. Funding is available for programs in the categories of the arts and humanities, education, healthcare, and social services.

Community Foundation grants are intended to support charitable projects that utilize companies, firms or vendors whose principal offices are located within the Community Foundation service area. Since funds that support the Community Foundation Grantmaking Program are received from local donors, every effort should be made to return these grant dollars to the local community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180275

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests should be limited to the $1,000-$20,000 range. Requests for larger grants should be discussed with the Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Coordinator prior to submission of the grant proposal. Over the past five years, the average grant size is approximately $12,000. The size of grants awarded ranges primarily between $2,500 and $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are ordinarily made for one year only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit agencies located in the Community Foundation service area which includes the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County in the State of Illinois. Consideration is also given to non-profit agencies outside of the service area that can show significant impact on residents within the service area.

In light of the Community Foundation’s limited resources and in fairness to the many organizations seeking support, former grant recipients are asked to wait at least two full years from the date they received payment of a grant from the Community Foundation before applying for a new grant.

The Community Foundation rarely provides the entire support of a project.

Grants are not generally available to those agencies and institutions that are funded primarily through tax support. Grade schools, middle schools, and high schools (both public and private) are not eligible to apply.

Grants from the Community Foundation’s discretionary funds are not used for the following:
- To fund endowments, contingency funds, or reserves.
- For the payment of interest or taxes.
- For sectarian or religious purposes or for organizations operated primarily for the benefit of their own membership.
- To individuals, private foundations, political organizations, or campaigns.
- To cover deficit spending.
- To purchase benefit tickets, respond to telephone solicitations, or national fund-raising efforts.
- For any purpose that discriminates as to race, creed, sex, or ethnic group.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent for the spring cycle are available beginning February 1, 2018. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is March 31, 2018.

There are two grant cycles per calendar year. The deadline for receipt of grant proposals is the first business day of May or the first business day of November. Proposals must be received online by 12:00 Noon on these dates.

Spring Grantmaking Cycle:
- February 1: Letters of Intent available
- February 1 - April 13: Site Visits
- March 31: Last day to submit Letters of Intent
- May 1: Applications due
- Week of June 4: Grant letters mailed

Fall Grantmaking Cylce:
- August 1: Letter of Intent available
- August 1 - October 12: Site visits
- September 30: Last day to submit Letter of Intent
- November 1: Applications due
- Week of December 3: Grant letters mailed

After the Letter of Intent is completed, the Community Foundation Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships will contact the applicant to:
- Determine the agency’s eligibility
- Talk about the project
- Schedule a site visit

Once the site visit has been completed, the Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships will confirm the agency’s eligibility and the applicant will receive the next steps regarding the application process.

An agency is not obligated to submit an application by completing a Letter of Intent. However, agencies will be unable to submit a grant application without completing a Letter of Intent.



Contact Information:

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

To submit a Letter of Intent:

Julie Christman, Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
111 W Downer Pl, Suite 312
Aurora, IL 60506

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: The Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County