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Serving DeKalb County, IL Since 1993

Community Economic Development Grants

Currently accepting applications for eligible communities >

The DeKalb County Community Foundation developed the Community Economic Development Grant program to 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.

In 2016, the Community Foundation partnered with the DeKalb County Government, DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies to create an economic development vision framework and establish county-wide priorities for the next five years. Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to reference and include recommendations from the DeKalb County Thriving Vision Framework document.

“Our hope is to incentivize and support our communities in planning for and implementing priority projects that support local economic development. By providing a wide range of support for such things as data gathering planning, and unique community projects, we can springboard current plans already in process and assist in preparing for the future.” - Teri Spartz, Community Engagement Director

Applying for a Grant

The deadline for Community Economic Development Grants is extended through December 2020.

All applicants should review the Community Economic Development Grant guidelines prior to applying and contact Community Engagement Director Teri Spartz at 815-748-5383 or t.spartz@dekalbccf.org for assistance.

It is the policy of the DeKalb County Community Foundation to operate without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Grant Updates

  • August 2020 - Economic Development Grants - 2019 Community Foundation Annual Report
  • July 2017 - Economic Development Planning Progresses One Community at a Time
  • June 2016 - Grants Provide Boost for Countywide Planning and Projects
  • September 2016 - New Foundation Grant Funds Community Economic Development

Status on Economic Development Grants as reported in the 2019 Community Foundation Annual Report.

Out of a desire to give back and love for their community, philanthropists of all ages have established and contributed to Community Impact Funds at the Community Foundation, which provide funding for the Community Economic Development Grants. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow!

Each application is reviewed by the Community Economic Development Grants committee, a volunteer committee consisting of Community Foundation Board members and staff. Grant recommendations receive final approval from the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Support received from these grants are intended to create a lasting impact on our community!