Round 2 of COVID-19 relief grants awards $98,180 to 23 organizations in DeKalb County

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund advisory committee awarded $98,180 to 23 organizations during the second round of DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants.

The COVID-19 Response Grant program was designed to support the needs of people in DeKalb County during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release. Organizations who received funding during this second round of grantmaking include: Adventure Works of DeKalb County, Ben Gordon Center, CASA DeKalb County, Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb County Community Gardens, DeKalb County Health Department, DeKalb Park District, Family Service Agency of DeKalb County, Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project, Friends of the Regional Office of Education, Hope Haven, Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association, Neighbors’ House, Open Door Rehabilitation Center, Opportunity House, RAMP, Safe Passage, Salem Lutheran Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Harvest Chapel The Store Food Pantry, Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County, We Care Pregnancy Clinic, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

“We are thankful to the many fine nonprofit and public sector direct service organizations serving people in need as a result of the pandemic,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Dan Templin in the release. “Thanks to many donors who have supported the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund, including a grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and collaborative funding from the DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board which made this latest round of grants possible.”

The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund is a pass through fund created in March in collaboration with various local funding partners. The fund’s purpose is to be a depository for contributions in response to the effects of COVID-19 in DeKalb County. Grants distributed can address preparedness, response, recovery, and/or rebuilding efforts as the pandemic evolves. Contributions to the Fund can be made through the Community Foundation website.

A third formal round of grants will likely be made to support evolving needs, the release states.

For questions related to the Fund or advisory committee, contact Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org. For questions related to DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund Grants, contact Community Foundation Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis at tiffany@dekalbccf.org.

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