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DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant (DCCRF)

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Public Sector Service Providers
in Eligible Locations for Support During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF)

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations and public sector service providers in eligible locations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding may be used for program, operating, capital, or emergency needs related to the pandemic. Eligible applicants are located in or provide services to DeKalb County.

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. Preference shall be 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 193948

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Grants are made to nonprofit and public sector service providers that serve DeKalb County, IL.
- 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.

- Organizations must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and 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.

- For-profit entities are not eligible to apply at this time.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant requests are due by February 26, 2021.

Organizations will hear back on a funding decision no later than March 20.

For round 4, there is no maximum amount an organization can request.

If an organization is approved for a grant, funding is made available immediately upon receipt of a digitally signed grant agreement outlining the parameters of the grant award.

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.

Agencies are encouraged to maximize these dollars through matching grants with other donors when possible.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For application questions, please contact Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis at or by voicemail at 815-748-5383.

DeKalb County Community Foundation
475 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178

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