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The DeKalb County Community Foundation is happy to award $2,988 in Promise Grants to benefit three local organizations for a variety of programs and projects.

Promise Grants provide support to charitable organizations addressing the needs of the underserved and often dismissed populations in DeKalb County. The purpose of the Promise Grant program is to inspire, educate, and empower individuals who may experience extraordinary challenges due to their ethnicity, immigration status, and abilities. Support for this grant program comes from two funds at the Community Foundation: The Promise Fund/El Fondo de la Promesa inspires the community to build leadership skills and empower the underserved population within DeKalb County and The Wiegele Family Early Childhood Literacy Fund supports early childhood literacy for underserved populations with very young children.

2017 Promise Fund Grants:

Organization Name Grant Purpose Grant Amount
DeKalb County Community Gardens to help low income youth build soft skills and leadership development through the Food Needs and Community Building Project $488
Neighbors’ House to provide materials for reading and homework clubs $1,500
Sycamore Public Library to create Early Literacy Kits for underserved children in DeKalb County $1,000
 Total awarded in grant support $2,988

Applications for Promise Grants are available starting in October of each year and due by mid-November.

Join us in providing opportunity and inspiration to the underserved in DeKalb County. A gift to the Promise Fund Grants will allow even greater support in the future. Donations are accepted online, in person, or by mail. If you have questions or wish to discuss your charitable interest in the community, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin, at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

Pictured: Artwork from Nicole Schmidt’s class, Littlejohn Elementary School in DeKalb. A 2016 Promise Grant to Littlejohn Elementary School provided social justice education to students on tolerance and understanding of all backgrounds.

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