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Spring Community Needs Grants Award $191,654 to Local Nonprofits and Community Organizations

Through generous donor support, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is excited to announce that $191,654 in Community Needs Grants were awarded this spring. A total of 24 local nonprofits and community organizations were supported for a variety of projects.

To date, over $20.3 million has been awarded to the community through grants and distributions since the Foundation was founded in 1993. Out of a desire to give back and love for their community, philanthropists of all ages have established and contributed to undesignated funds at the Community Foundation which provide funding for Community Needs Grants through yearly distributions that will continue forever.

Grant applications are aligned to five grantmaking interest areas of the Foundation: Arts and Culture, Education, Community Development, Environment & Animal Welfare, and Health & Human Services. Each application is reviewed by the Grants Committee, a volunteer committee consisting of Community Foundation board members and staff.

“It is both a joy and privilege to help local organizations fund the many important projects that go on around DeKalb County,” said Grants Committee Chair Amie Carey. “The Grants Committee takes the distribution of funds very seriously and spends a great deal of time working to empower as many groups as possible through our allocations.”

Following the grant allocation meeting, grant recommendations receive final approval from the full 21-member DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. The following grants were approved by the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors on April 28, 2016:

Organization Name Grant Purpose  Grant Amount
Association to Restore City Hall (Sandwich Opera House) to replace the light board and some audio equipment that was damaged and/or needs to be updated  $4,350
Celebration Chorale to purchase sheet music and orchestration for Patriotic and Christmas Concerts  $1,870
Children’s Learning Center Inc. to replace flooring in the CLC and Growing Place and update the fire alarm system  $16,500
DeKalb County Community Gardens to purchase equipment to support the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm  $8,000
DeKalb Fire Department to purchase extrication tools for the ladder truck  $9,200
*DeKalb Public Library to support the expansion and renovation capital campaign for the DeKalb Public Library  *$10,000
Ellwood House Association to fund an architectural study that will direct the maintenance, restoration, and proper stewardship efforts for the Ellwood House mansion  $10,000
First United Methodist Church to purchase a new freezer for the Summer Lunch Program  $829
Friends of Shabbona Lake State Park to reshape, excavate, and install a drain tile in the rearing pond to support fishing at Shabbona Lake state park  $12,000
Growing Place to replace flooring in the kitchen and purchase large motor equipment for the center  $2,701
Hinckley Historical Society to fund the renovation of the front exterior of the building  $6,000
Indian Creek School District – Indian Creek Elementary School to purchase Mimio Teach bars, LCD projectors, and hardware for classrooms in Shabbona Elementary school  $5,204
Indian Valley Vocational Center to purchase equipment and improve the Graphic Design laboratory for students at IVVC  $8,500
Kishwaukee College to purchase a large metal sheet for the Welding Technology program  $15,000
Live Healthy DeKalb County to connect the trail link between Peace Road and South Prairie School to provide improved accessibility and increased safety  $7,500
Malta Township Public Library to assist in funding the replacement of brick and mortar and install new windows in the original library building  $10,000
Midwest Museum of Natural History to modernize the museum with tablets, audio stations, and a mobile app  $15,000
NIU STEM Outreach to purchase supplies and equipment for STEMFest  $8,000
Northern Illinois Food Bank to support the Take 50 Foods to Encourage program for DeKalb County Food Pantries and NIFB partners  $8,000
Oaken Acres Wildlife Center to increase and enhance the educational community programs for non-releasable raptors  $3,000
Open Door Rehabilitation Center to upgrade the fire sprinkler systems at the primary Open Door program locations  $7,500
Suicide Prevention Services to assist in providing local suicide prevention presentations  $5,000
Sycamore Police Department to purchase a Utility Terrain Vehicle for use by the Sycamore Police Department in partnership with the Sycamore Park District  $8,000
Waterman Enhancement Group to convert a grass field into a park in Waterman  $9,500
  Total Granted  $191,654

Join us in supporting nonprofits and community organizations in DeKalb County! To discuss your charitable interests, make a donation, or to learn more about the Community Foundation, please contact Dan Templin, Executive Director at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

*Additional funds became available to fully fund the request (original amount $5,000)

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