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Promise Fund grants available in DeKalb County

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Representatives with the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Jefferson Elementary School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb County accept 2012 Promise Fund grants from grant committee member Dawn Littlefield (right).
Provided photo Representatives with the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Jefferson Elementary School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb County accept 2012 Promise Fund grants from grant committee member Dawn Littlefield (right).

The Promise Fund Committee announces that it is accepting grant applications until Nov. 21. The Promise Fund was established in 2001 with a charitable gift from a generous couple from DeKalb County who had a particular passion for assisting underserved communities in DeKalb County.

To read the Promise Fund Grant Guidelines and apply online, visit the grants page on www.dekalbccf.org. Applicants will be notified of the funding decision in mid-December. Promise Fund grants are intended to supplement existing programs, and are not generally used to create or sustain programs. 

The Promise Fund has a total of $1,765 available 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 or strengthen social institutions that play transformative roles in the community. Eligible grant 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. Promise Fund grants are intended to enhance already existing programs in DeKalb County.

The Promise Fund has distributed more than $15,000 in grants since 2001to local organizations and programs that provide services to underserved populations within DeKalb County.                      

Contact Becky Zantout, DCCF Grants & Community Initiatives Manager, at becky@dekalbccf.org with questions. 

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