$162,250 Awarded in Fall 2022 Community Needs GrantsNovember 28, 2022
Grants Available to Benefit Youth in DeKalb CountyDecember 2, 2022
Together, with the support of our donors, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in DeKalb County. Grants from the Community Foundation come from a variety of grant programs. Each program is unique in how to apply, who it supports, and the impact it creates. So how do these grants impact the community in which we live? Learn more in this grant in action story below!
Thank you to the generous donors whose gifts make grants like these possible!
Before the state budget crisis in 2015, Fox Valley Community Services (FVCS) successfully operated an adult day service in DeKalb. Most of the clients suffered from Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and other related aging disorders. Seniors received services and thrived at this location until it closed. This created immediate challenges for families who relied on adult day services for their loved ones and these challenges persisted for years.
In 2020, an opportunity arose to partner with Elder Care Services in DeKalb. In order to open the new adult day service at this location, FVCS needed to secure safety equipment, materials, and other necessities.
Quotes for necessary materials were secured and fundraising began. One request was to the DeKalb County Community Foundation for an $18,000 Community Needs Grant. The grant was approved, and added to other support raised. Early in the process, the Ed Kapper family presented FVCS with funding to start the site’s improvements. Because of this generosity, the location was named the Kapper Adult Day Service.
In 2021, the Kapper Adult Day Service opened. Clients are thriving again, and families rest assured, knowing their loved ones are safe and well cared for.
Funding for the Community Needs Grant program is made possible through ongoing donor generosity to Community Impact Funds at the Community Foundation.