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Serving DeKalb County, IL Since 1993

Promise Grant (Beca "Promesa")

Promise Grants support charitable community organizations that provide services to underserved and marginalized populations in DeKalb County. Promise Grants are supported by two Funds at the DeKalb County Community Foundation:

  • The Promise Fund – El Fondo de la Promesa was created to inspire the community to build leadership skills and empower the underserved population within DeKalb County especially for recent immigrants. Learn more about this Fund >
  • The Wiegele Family Early Childhood Literacy Fund was created to support early childhood literacy through organizations that provide direct outreach services to underserved populations of very young children (birth to kindergarten), including their parents, in DeKalb County. Learn more.

Applying for a Grant

Applications for Promise Grants are available starting October 1 of each year. Applications are due by mid-November. Grant applications must be submitted online. Grant decisions are generally made within one month of the application deadline and applicants will be notified electronically or by phone.

All applicants should review the Promise Grant guidelines prior to applying and/or contact Grants & Community Initiatives Manager Marc Hooks at 815-748-5383 or m.hooks@dekalbccf.org for assistance

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.

Past Promise Fund Grants Awarded