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DeKalb County Community Foundation awards $150K in grants

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Community Foundation distributed $150,360 in Community Needs Grants from 32 organizations that affect county residents.

Each spring and fall, organizations that benefit the community, work with others and meet unmet needs receive the grants. The grants are part of a mission to improve life in DeKalb County.

Some of the biggest grants are:

• $25,000 went to Preservation of Egyptian Theatre Inc. for the preservation of the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.

• $20,000 went to DeKalb Fire Department to provide motor vehicle accident rescue equipment.

• $12,000 went to Kishwaukee Family YMCA to aid with the costs of facility renovations and improvements.

• $11,000 went to DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. to support a campaign to help economic growth.

• $10,000 to Adventure Works of DeKalb County Inc. to support phase two of program and property expansion for an outdoor therapeutic area.

• $6,240 went to the Ben Gordon Center to provide expanded curriculum and educational supplies to assist in mental health treatment.

Applications for the grants are available to nonprofit organizations and eligible community organizations at the beginning of January and July each year.

The Community Needs Grants receive funding through community impact funds, field of interest funds and donor advised funds at the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

Donations to any of the funds can be made online at dekalbccf.org/donate, or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore. For questions or information about grants, call the foundation's grants director, Tiffany McQueen Lewis, at 815-748-5383 or email tiffany@dekalbccf.org.

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