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Serving DeKalb County, IL Since 1993

Community Economic Development Grants

Currently accepting applications through November 1, 2017.

The DeKalb County Community Foundation developed the Community Economic Development Grant Program to 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.

In 2016, DeKalb County Community Foundation partnered with the DeKalb County Government, the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies to create an economic development vision framework and establish county-wide priorities for the next five years. Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to reference and include recommendations from the DeKalb County Thriving Vision Framework document.

“Our hope is to incentivize and support our communities in planning for and implementing priority projects that support local economic development. By providing a wide range of support for such things as data gathering planning, and unique community projects, we can springboard current plans already in process and assist in preparing for the future.” - Anita Zurbrugg, Community Foundation Program Director.

Applying for a Grant

Applications for Community Economic Development Grants are accepted on a rolling bases with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.

All applicants should review the Community Economic Development Grant Guidelines prior to applying and contact Program Director Anita Zurbrugg at 815-748-5383 or anita@dekalbccf.org for assistance.

It is the policy of the DeKalb County Community Foundation to operate without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Grant Updates

  • July 2017 - Economic Development Planning Progresses One Community at a Time
  • June 2016 - Grants Provide Boost for Countywide Planning and Projects
  • September 2016 - New Foundation Grant Funds Community Economic Development

Out of a desire to give back and love for their community, philanthropists of all ages have established and contributed to Community Impact funds at the Community Foundation, which provide funding for the Community Economic Development Grants.

Each application is reviewed by the Community Economic Development Grants Committee, a volunteer committee consisting of Community Foundation board members and staff. Grant recommendations receive final approval from the full 21-member DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Support received from these grants are intended to create a lasting impact on our community!