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Serving DeKalb County, IL Since 1993
Currently accepting Emergency Grant applications.

Emergency Grants

Emergency Grants, formerly known as Opportunity Grants, are available to assist local organizations in need of funding to meet emergency needs or for special time-limited projects. Grants are typically $250 to $2,000. A request for an Emergency Grant can be made at any time.

Applying for an Emergency Grant

All organizations must submit an Emergency Grant application. Read the application carefully and submit all requested information. There is no deadline to apply. Requests are reviewed on an as needed basis and a decision is usually made within two weeks from receipt of the application. Program staff may contact applicants for further information. For more information, please contact Program Director Anita Zurbrugg at 815-748-5383, anita@dekalbccf.org, or Grants Manager Becky Zantout at 815-748-5383, becky@dekalbccf.org.

The DeKalb County Community Foundation operates without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. All projects benefiting from Community Foundation grant funds must adhere to the same policy.


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 Emergency Grants.

Each application is reviewed by the DeKalb County Community Foundation staff and the Grants Committee Chair. Grant recommendations receive final approval from the full 21-member DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Support received from these grants are intended to create a lasting impact in our community!