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!
For questions or more information about grant programs, please contact Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis at 815-748.5383 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Economic Development Grants
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. Application deadline extended through December 2020.
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 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 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, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability, 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.