Community foundation doles out $170K in grants

The DeKalb County Community Foundation has announced grants of $170,029 to 28 nonprofit and community organizations in DeKalb County through the spring season of its Community Needs grant program. These grants push the foundation’s total awards toward $15 million since the organization started in 1994.

The DCCF grants committee, chaired by Kristina Garcia of Sycamore, was able to fund just over 50 percent of the total requested dollars.

“Though we can’t always say yes entirely to each request, it’s remarkable how much good the funds shepherded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation can do,” Garcia said. “Seeing the careful stewardship and generous giving tangibly pay out to nonprofit organizations throughout the community firsthand are among the most rewarding parts of serving on the DCCF board.”

This year was the first season the DCCF operated its Community Needs grant application online.

“Online applications make the grant process more streamlined and efficient for the grantees and administrators,” said Becky Zantout, DCCF grants and community initiatives manager.

Applications for the Fall 2014 Community Needs grant season will be accepted through Sept. 1. Applicants are invited to begin the application process after July 1 and to contact Zantout at becky@dekalbccf.org or 815-748-5383 with questions.

The following grants were approved by the DCCF Board of Directors:

Arts & Culture

DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, $1,675; DeKalb Area Women’s Center, $6,000; Hinckley Historical Society, $1,800; Just Make It Happen-DeKalb, Inc., $2,000; NIU-Visual and Performing Arts School of Music, $2,500; Sandwich Opera House (ARCH), $15,000.

Community Development 

B’Y.O.N.D. Sportz (Bettering Youth for Opportunity & New Dreams), $2,800; DeKalb County Community Gardens, $4,000; DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, $3,000; Genoa Park District, $10,000; Kirkland Public Library, $2,375; Kishwaukee United Way, $769; Maple Park Police Department, $2,500; Northern Illinois Food Bank, $15,000; Somonauk Summer Fest, $5,000.


Hiawatha CUSD 426, $3,000; Indian Valley Vocational Center, $55,000; NIU-Campus Child Care, $10,319; Sandwich High School, $2,260; Somonauk High School, $9,000; St. Mary Catholic School-DeKalb, $1,500.

Health & Human Services

DeKalb County Hospice, $602; Equine Dreams, $2,655; Fox Valley Family YMCA, $1,500; Fox Valley Older Adult Services, $3,000, Pay-It-Forward House, NFP, $1,950; RAMP, $3,000; The Gracie Center, $1,824.

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