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Community Economic Development Grants

Grants to DeKalb, Illinois Agencies and Organizations in Eligible
Communities for Economic Planning and Implementation

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DeKalb County Community Foundation

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Grants to DeKalb County, Illinois government agencies, unincorporated communities, and organizations in eligible communities for economic development planning and implementation. Funding is intended to support projects that take advantage of unique economic opportunities and result in tangible economic progress for the community.

Eligible communities within DeKalb County are as follows: Sandwich, Somonauk, Lee, Hinckley, Waterman, Shabbona, Maple Park, Cortland, DeKalb, Malta, Sycamore, Kirkland, Kingston, and Genoa.

The DeKalb County Community Foundation developed the Community Economic Development Grant Program to provide funding support for communities in DeKalb County. Grants are intended for the following purposes:

- Planning grants: Planning for community economic development
- Implementation grants: Implementing projects associated with a current adopted community economic development plan

The objective of the Community Economic Development Grant Program is to incentivize and support municipalities and unincorporated communities in DeKalb County to:

- Organize and take action toward unique economic development opportunities
- Experience tangible economic progress by financially supporting data gathering/planning and/or implementation projects connected to a community’s current planning process.

Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to reference and include recommendations from the 2016 DeKalb County Thriving Vision Framework document as appropriate to develop and implement community economic development plans. (See Supporting Documents below.)


- Planning Grant requests should include plans to work with a reputable or acknowledged economic planning organization, such as NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.
- Implementation Grant requests should include a copy of the current economic development plan on which the implementation grant request is based. (Applications for implementation grants must be based upon a current economic development plan.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184345

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each community is limited to a total of $20,000 over the life of the grant program (estimated to be in place through 2019). Grants may be used toward one or more planning and/or implementation projects.

Term of Contract:

Grantees will be expected to complete the economic development plan or implement the proposed project within one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants must be either a municipality, an unincorporated community, an organization working in partnership with the community or municipality, or the county government. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of support for the application from the community. Examples of support include meeting minutes, resolutions by a governing board, and letters of support from collaborating partners.

Eligible Communities:

Each of the 15 distinct communities within DeKalb County including Sandwich, Somonauk, Lee, Hinckley, Waterman, Shabbona, Maple Park, Cortland, DeKalb, Malta, Sycamore, Kirkland, Kingston, and Genoa are eligible. Unincorporated communities and DeKalb County government are also eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Community Economic Development Grant Final deadline: February 1, 2019.

Applications are reviewed quarterly with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1.

Matching Requirements: Eligible applicants should provide a minimum of 10% of the total project budget in cash matching funds. The 10% match should not be in-kind, but all in-kind support should be included and described in the budget accompanying the grant request.

Applicants may contact Program Director Anita Zurbrugg for assistance.

Grantees may be asked to share results of their program as part of a presentation to benefit participating and interested municipalities.

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

For assistance:

Anita Zurbrugg, Program Director

DeKalb County Community Foundation
475 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178
P: 815-748-5383
F: 815-748-5873

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Sandwich, Somonauk, Lee, Hinckley, Waterman, Shabbona, Maple Park, Cortland, DeKalb, Malta, Sycamore, Kirkland, Kingston, and Genoa