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PLEASE NOTE: Grant applications are currently closed for DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants. When/if additional funding becomes available, we will re-open the grant application. At that time, we will send out communication.

DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants

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.

Application Procedures (Round 4)

  • Nonprofit and public sector service organizations must submit a brief online grant application through the online grants portal of the Community Foundation
  • Prior to applying, all organizations should review the guidelines for DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants.
  • For round 4, there is no maximum amount an organization can request.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit and public sector service providers that serve DeKalb County, IL.
  • For-profit and government entities are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Grants are made for operating, program, and capital needs that are in demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grant requests are due by February 26, 2021.
  • Organizations will hear back on a funding decision no later than March 20.
  • The DCCRF Advisory Committee shall decide on the approval or denial of all requests.
  • The Community Foundation shall represent the decisions of the DCCRF Advisory Committee and respond accordingly to all organization requests for funding via the online portal.
  • If an organization is approved for a grant, funding is made available immediately upon receipt of a digitally signed grant agreement outlining the parameters of the grant award.
  • A brief final report on all funded projects is required within three months of the grant award. 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.

Learn more about the organizational funders of the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund >