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Funded by an initial contribution of $13,000 from Meijer Foods, Kishwaukee United Way announced the creation of a microgrant program for nonprofit human service organizations and community collaboratives that are meeting local emergency needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Meijer grant is part of $4 million directed to United Way chapters in Meijer’s Midwest footprint and comes as the retailer prepares to open a store in Sycamore.
“We are honored to be beneficiaries of this generous gift, and will quickly move to get these and any other COVID-19-directed funds into the hands of agencies and groups who are serving the most vulnerable in DeKalb County,” Dawn Littlefield, Kishwaukee United Way executive director, said in a news release.
Littlefield said grants will be disbursed in the $500 to $1,000 range to best serve multiple organizations. Some funds have been used to buy supplies such as masks and cleaning supplies, distributed by the DeKalb County Health Department to agencies with critical supply needs.
A streamlined application form is available at Kishwaukee United Way’s website kishwaukeeunitedway.com/get-help or forms may be requested by emailing Littlefield at email@example.com.
Applicants do not need to be a United Way partner agency, but must be a local 501(c)(3) organization or a community collaborative/group using a nonprofit fiscal agent.
Littlefield said she anticipates grants will primarily benefit those providing food, shelter and health care-related services.
Besides the grant program, Littlefield said there are other United Way services available during this crisis.
For those seeking local and virtual volunteer opportunities, there are postings on Kishwaukee United Way’s volunteer resource page at www.kishwaukeeunitedway.com/volunteer.
For those needing general information and referrals to multiple nonprofit and government services in DeKalb County, call 211 or visit www.findhelp211.org.