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Discretionary Grantmaking Program

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

GrantWatch ID#: 180275
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

09/30/17

11/01/17 By 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 September 30. Funding is available for programs in the categories of the arts and humanities, education, healthcare, and social services.

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.

Grants are ordinarily made for one year only.

Grants are made to non-profit 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 nonprofit agencies outside of the service area that can show significant impact on residents within the service area. Service area map: https://www.communityfoundationfrv.org/about/service-area/

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.

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.

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.

FAQs: https://www.communityfoundationfrv.org/grantmaking-program/grant-faq/

Nonprofit organizations wishing to submit a grant application must complete a Letter of Intent to apply for a grant. After the Letter of Intent is completed, the Community Foundation Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships will contact you to:
- Determine your agency’s eligibility
- Talk about your project
- Schedule a site visit

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

Your 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.

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 Cycle:
February 1: Letters of Intent available
February 1 - April 14: Site Visits
March 31: Last day to submit Letters of Intent
May 1: Applications due
Week of June 5: Grant letters mailed

Fall Cycle:
August 1: Letters of Intent available
August 1 - October 13: Site Visits
September 30: Last day to submit Letters of Intent
November 1: Applications due
Week of December 4: Grant letters mailed

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

Submit a letter of intent: https://cffrv.formstack.com/forms/letter_of_intent

Julie Christman, Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships
jchristman@communityfoundationfrv.org
331-208-9428.

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

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

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