From public safety and animal welfare to fine arts and vocational education, local projects aimed at addressing community needs received support through the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Community Needs Grant program this fall. In total, 25 local nonprofit and public sector organizations benefitted from $162,250 in grants.
“The Community Foundation has supported career and technical education at Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) for many years,” said IVVC Director Joe Barbic. “As IVVC works with local employers to fill the demand for skilled welders, it’s wonderful to have grant support from the Community Foundation to use for industry-specific equipment. IVVC currently has 95 students from 10 communities preparing for a career in welding and fabrication. The grant dollars immediately impact students in the form of equipment and prepare them for high-skilled, high-wage employment.”
Community Needs Grants are distributed to eligible organizations in DeKalb County in the spring and fall each year. Applications align with five grantmaking interest areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Community Development, Environment & Animal Welfare, and Health & Human Services.
Fall 2022 Community Needs Grants:
One of several grantmaking programs at the Community Foundation, Community Needs Grants receive funding through Community Impact Funds, Field of Interest Funds, and Donor Advised Funds. Donations to any Fund at the Community Foundation can be made online or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more about Community Needs Grants >