Through the Community Needs Grants program, the DeKalb County Community Foundation supports the charitable needs and efforts of nonprofit and public sector direct service organizations throughout DeKalb County, IL.
The Community Foundation believes that it is necessary to invest its limited funds where they will have the greatest impact within the community. The Board has broadly defined the goals and priorities of its Community Needs grant making as follows:
- Promote and enhance organizations whose services benefit the residents of DeKalb County.
- Assist existing agencies to better respond to clearly defined unmet needs within the community.
- Encourage programs and projects that enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations within DeKalb County. Examples of collaboration include partnering with community organizations, demonstrating community leadership, and being a contributing member of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP).
- Leverage funds and in-kind support, such as using “seed” money, “match” and “challenge” grants and funds from multiple sources.
The Community Foundation provides Community Needs Grants in the following areas:
- Arts and Culture – supports organizations that provide opportunities for access, participation, education, awareness, and appreciation for a variety of arts and cultural experiences.
- Community Development – supports organizations that focus broadly on strengthening, protecting, unifying and building the economic, cultural, and social services of a community.
- Education – Supports organizations that provide educational opportunities from birth to adulthood.
- Environment and Animal Welfare – supports organizations whose primary purpose is to preserve, protect, conserve and improve the environment. Animal Welfare supports organizations that promote the well-being of animals.
- Health and Human Services- supports organizations that provide essential programs and services addressing basic human needs to children, youth, adults, and senior citizens, and/or promoting physical and mental health.
- Applicants requesting $20,000 or more must complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) which can be accessed on the Community Foundation website by February 1 for the spring grant season or August 1 for the fall grant season.
- Applications for greater than $20,000 that have not been vetted with the Community Foundation by February 1 or August 1 will not be accepted.
- Eligible applicants are public sector direct service organizations and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, with preference given to 501(c)3 organizations.
- Grants may be made to nonprofit agencies located in or serving DeKalb County. Organizations must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and/or local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally or regionally sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, state, or regional entity.
- Organizations can only receive one successful grant per two consecutive grant periods. For example, if an application in the fall grant period is funded in any amount, that organization is not eligible to receive another grant until at least the following fall. If a grant application is not funded, an organization may re-apply with a similar or new application in the next grant period. Please plan your project and grant request accordingly.
For more information, visit https://dekalbccf.org/receive/grant-programs/community-needs-grants/