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Grants at a Glance

The DeKalb County Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in DeKalb County 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!

Questions about grant programs? Please contact us. We're here to help!

Community Economic Development Grants

Learn more. Currently accepting grant applications through November 1, 2018.

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. Applications are accepted on a rolling bases with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.


Community Needs Grants

Learn more. Currently accepting grant applications through September 1, 2018.

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.


Essential Skills Enhancement Grants and Watershed Implementation Grants

Learn more. Currently accepting grant applications.

Essential Skills Enhancement Grants are available to enhance the development of soft skills or essential skills in middle school to high school aged youth. Watershed Implementation Grants are available to manage and protect water resources through a watershed approach.


Emergency Grants

Learn more. Currently accepting grant applications.

Emergency Grants, formerly known as Opportunity 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.


Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit Grants

Learn more. Currently accepting grant applications.

Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit applications are accepted on an ongoing basis or as published through the Community Foundation and the Regional Office of Education. 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.


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 mid-November.


Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants

Learn more. Currently accepting grant applications through September 1, 2018.

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.


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 Developmental Assets™. Applications for YEP Grants are due each year on February 1.