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DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund

In uncertain times one thing remains constant — we are facing this COVID-19 challenge together. We will do what we can to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us, during this healthcare and economic crisis.

In this spirit of togetherness, local organizational funders are working together to plan collectively and respond to priority needs and issues in DeKalb County. These funders have partnered to create the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund (DCCRF) advisory committee. Funders in this committee include the DeKalb County Community Foundation, Kishwaukee United Way, Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation, DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board, IDEAL Foundation, Horizons Unlimited Foundation, and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP).

To aid in their response to areas of needs due to the pandemic, a new Fund was created. The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund exists to expedite charitable resources to nonprofit and community organizations responding to COVID-19 related needs throughout DeKalb County. Resources are granted where they are needed most, with an initial focus on the basic needs of those most significantly impacted by this crisis.

Learn more about the organizational funders of the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund >

We invite you to support us in our local efforts!

Ways to Donate

Online - Using a credit or debit card, make a gift through our secure online platform in a few easy steps. Please note that credit card transactions carry a processing fee.

Cash or Check - Donations can be made in person or by mail. Please make checks out to DeKalb County Community Foundation and include COVID-19 Response Fund in the memo section, through a gift envelope, or a cover letter. DeKalb County Community Foundation – 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

Thank you!

Thank you to the many donors who have contributed to the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund. And thank you to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund for the multiple grants, totaling $175,000, that boosted the amount we were able to give in response to local needs. Together, as of April 2021, we have distributed $541,368 in assistance to organizations serving DeKalb County.

See the activity of the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund >


DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants

The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant program was designed to assist with the needs of nonprofit and public sector service providers that are in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority areas for funding include requests that are meeting basic human needs of residents in the county, including but not limited to emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility and financial assistance, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

Learn more about COVID-19 Response Grants >