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DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant

The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant program was designed to support the needs of local organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for this grant program is made possible by the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund (DCCRF), a new component Pass Through Fund created in collaboration with various local funding partners. The purpose of the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund is to be a depository for contributions intended to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in DeKalb County by distributing grants that address preparedness, response, recovery, and/or rebuilding efforts.

Applying for a Grant

Prior to applying, all applicants should review the DeKalb County COVID-19 Grant guidelines. For application questions, please contact Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis at tiffany@dekalbccf.org or by voicemail at 815-748-5383.

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.

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Application Procedures

  • Prior to applying, all organizations should review the guidelines for DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants.
  • Grants shall be made to nonprofit agencies located in or serving DeKalb County. For-profit and government entities are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Organizations must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally or regionally sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, state, or regional entity.
  • Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.
  • Grants shall be made for operating, program, and emergency needs that are in demand because of the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grants will be considered on a rolling basis while funds are available. Applicants can re-apply every 30 days.
  • Organizations can expect to be notified of the grant decision within three weeks of submitting the application.
  • Once an agency is approved for funding, and upon receipt of a digitally signed grant agreement outlining the parameters of the grant award, a check will be provided within five working days.
  • A brief final report on all funded projects is required from each grantee. Other reports on project status and/or accomplishments may be requested by the Community Foundation at any time.

Organizational Funding Partners

Local organizational funders have endorsed the creation of the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund and are committed to use their resources either independently or in partnership with the DCCRF to respond to needs in DeKalb County as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, these funders include the DeKalb County Community Foundation; DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP); Kishwaukee United Way; Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation; IDEAL Foundation; Horizons Unlimited Foundation; and the DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board. Additional organizational funders are welcome at any time. A DCCRF Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives of the funding partners as well as other key stakeholders, has been established to guide the ongoing efforts of the DCCRF as long as it is needed to be in existence.

For questions about the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund or to become an organizational funder, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at dan@dekalbccf.org or by voicemail at 815-748-5383.

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