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PLEASE NOTE: The next round of grant applications for DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants is currently closed. When/if additional funds becomes available, we will re-open the grant application. At that time, we will send out communication. Applications that did not receive funding in previous rounds of grants will be considered when/if funding becomes available again.

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.

Application Procedures

  • Nonprofit and public sector service organizations must submit a brief online grant application.
  • Grant requests are reviewed on a rolling basis in order to respond quickly and efficiently during this time of crisis. (See note above regarding the April 8 deadline for the initial round of grants.)
  • 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 funding, 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.

Grant Guidelines

When applying for a grant, please note the following:

  • The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to assist with the needs of nonprofit and public sector service providers that are in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit and public sector service providers that serve DeKalb County, IL.
  • For-profit 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.
  • Receiving a grant during any particular Community Foundation grant cycle will not preclude you from receiving a DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund Grant in the future.
  • Preference is given to requests that can demonstrate urgency, timeliness, and impact.
  • Priority areas for funding include requests that are meeting basic human needs of residents in the county, including but not limited to emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility and financial assistance, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.
  • Agencies are encouraged to maximize these dollars through matching grants with other donors when possible.

Grants cannot be used for the following:

  • To fund endowments, contingency funds, reserves, interest, or taxes.
  • For sectarian or religious purposes or for organizations operated primarily for the benefit of their own membership.
  • For the payment of political organizations or campaigns.
  • To purchase benefit tickets, respond to telephone solicitations, or national fund raising efforts.
  • For any purpose that discriminates as to race, creed, sex, ethnic group, or any other protected class.

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.