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DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants

Currently accepting grant applications through July 16, 2021 >

Funding for this grant program is made possible by the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund (DCCRF), a 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. Together, as of April 2021, we have distributed $541,368 in assistance to organizations serving DeKalb County.

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.

Application Procedures (Round 5)

  • This will be the final grant round for the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund. All remaining funds will be dispersed during this round.
  • Nonprofit organizations wishing to submit a grant application must submit a brief online proposal through the online grants portal of the Community Foundation
  • Prior to applying, all organizations should review the round 5 guidelines for DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants.
  • Proposals should demonstrate a plan to utilize grant resources to promote sustainability and long-term recovery. Most grants will range from $5,000-$15,000.
  • Grant requests are due on July 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For-profit and government entities are not eligible to apply.

Nondiscrimination Policy - Grantmaking

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex and gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, marital or parental status, political affiliation, 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.


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 >