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Grant Programs at a Glance

The DeKalb County Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in DeKalb County, IL by investing in quality programs and initiatives that provide equal opportunities and serve our community.

There are a variety of grant programs offered through the Community Foundation. Each grant is unique in the requirements, intended audience, application process, and deadline. How do grants impact the community in which we live? Check out these inspiring Grants in Action stories!

For questions or more information about grant programs, please contact Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis at 815-748.5383 or grants@dekalbccf.org.

Community Needs Grants

Community Needs Grants support the charitable needs and efforts of nonprofit and community organizations throughout DeKalb County. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1 each year.

DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants

Currently accepting applications through July 16, 2021 >

DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants provide support the needs of local eligible organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants distributed can address preparedness, response, recovery, and/or rebuilding efforts as the pandemic evolves. Applications open and close as determined by the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Committee.

Economic Development Grants

Currently accepting applications for eligible communities >

Community Economic Development Grants provide an opportunity for communities in DeKalb County to apply for funding to support economic planning or to implement projects that support their economic plans.

Emergency Grants

Currently accepting grant applications >

Emergency Grants are available to assist local organizations in need of funding to meet emergency needs or for special time sensitive projects and can be applied for anytime throughout the year. Emergency Grants can be applied for anytime throughout the year.

Essential Skills Enhancement Grants

Essential Skills Enhancement Grants are designed to enhance the development of soft skills or essential skills in middle school to high school aged youth. At this time, the Community Foundation is not accepting applications for Essential Skills Grants.

Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants

Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants provide financial assistance to further music education, music appreciation, and performance in DeKalb County and the Chicago metropolitan area. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1 each year.

Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit Grants

Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit Grants are intended to support kindergarten programs, both public and private, located in DeKalb County, Illinois, benefiting the entire kindergarten program of a public school district or of a private school. Applications are made available in the fall of each year. Application deadline is December 1 each year.

Promise Grants

Promise Grants support charitable community organizations that provide services to underserved and marginalized populations in DeKalb County. Promise Grants are supported by the Promise Fund and the Wiegele Family Early Childhood Literacy Fund. Application deadline is mid-November each year.

Watershed Implementation Grants

Watershed Implementation Grants are available for the east branch of the south branch of the Kishwaukee River in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grants

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Grants are typically awarded to community focused, youth lead initiatives, that show promotion of the 40 Developmental Assets™. Projects considered for funding must be dedicated to the community, directly involve youth, and promote youth empowerment and leadership. Application deadline is February 1 each year.

Nondiscrimination Policy - Grantmaking

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex and gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, marital or parental status, political affiliation, or any other improper criterion be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available by the Community Foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the Community Foundation.