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Grants at a Glance

The DeKalb County Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in DeKalb County by investing in quality programs and initiatives that provide equal opportunities and serve our community.

There are a variety of grant programs offered through the Community Foundation. Each grant is unique in the requirements, intended audience, application process, and deadline. How do grants impact the community in which we live? Check out these inspiring Grants in Action stories!

Questions about grant programs? Please contact us. We're here to help!

Economic Development Grants

Currently accepting grant applications through August 1, 2017.

Community Economic Development Grants provide an opportunity for communities in DeKalb County to apply for funding to support economic planning or to implement projects that support their economic plans. Applications are accepted on a rolling bases with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.


Emergency Grants

Currently accepting grant applications.

Emergency Grants, formerly known as Opportunity Grants, are available to assist local organizations in need of funding to meet emergency needs or for special time sensitive projects and can be applied for anytime throughout the year. Emergency Grants can be applied for anytime throughout the year.


Community Needs Grants

Community Needs Grants support the charitable needs and efforts of nonprofit and community organizations throughout DeKalb County. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1.


Wurlitzer Foundation Grants

Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants provide financial assistance to further music education, music appreciation, and performance in DeKalb County and the Chicago metropolitan area. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1.




CommunityWorks Grants

CommunityWorks Grants are available by invitation only in the areas of Early Child Care and Education, Workforce Development and Land Use.


Promise Grants

Promise Grants support charitable community organizations that provide services to underserved and marginalized populations in DeKalb County. Promise Grants are supported by the Promise Fund and the Wiegele Family Early Childhood Literacy Fund. Application deadline mid-November.


Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grants

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Grants are typically awarded to community focused, youth lead initiatives, that show promotion of the Developmental Assets™. Applications for YEP Grants are due each year on February 1.