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Grants to help underserved groups

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 1:08 p.m. CDT

The Promise Fund Committee of the DeKalb County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications until Nov. 30.

The Promise Fund is an endowment fund established in 2001 with a charitable gift from a generous couple from DeKalb County who had a particular passion for assisting the underserved communities in the county.

Eligible applicants include school districts, schools, education facilities, community organizations and churches. Eligible programs must not be religious in nature and cannot require a religious commitment to participate.

The Promise Fund has a total of $1,500 available in 2012 for projects that increase participation of underserved populations in community life, develop leadership in marginalized populations, increase understanding and tolerance, raise educational levels toward a better quality of life and/or strengthen churches and other social institutions that play transformative roles in the community.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Grantees will be notified by the end of December if they were selected.

The Promise Fund is also looking for additional contributions to support this unique grant opportunity.

The foundation invests these tax-deductible gifts and makes annual distributions from the fund. Since its inception, the Promise Fund has distributed grants of more than $11,500 to local organizations and programs.

For more information or to secure an application, visit www.dekalbcountyfoundation.org or contact Anita Zurbrugg or Becky Zantout at 815-748-5383, anita@dekalbccf.org or becky@dekalbccf.org.

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