Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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How to Apply

To begin the application process, please read the information below, then click the button at the bottom of the page. 

How It Works

A grant applicant creates an account in the Online Grants Manager, then logs on to that account to access or to start a new grant application. Your application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again, it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application. Each account maintains a record of the application history, which is accessible at any time. 

Once a grant is awarded, the Online Grants Manager allows grantees an easy way to see the status of their grant, check due dates, and submit electronic follow up grant reports right from their account.  

We recommend that you carefully read the instructions and reference materials found on this page before registering and starting your first application.    

Creating Your Online Account

All applicants are required to create an account in order to submit a Letter of Intent, Application, and any follow-up reports.  We suggest creating your account well in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last-minute issues. At the time of registration, you are required to enter the following information: 

  • A username that is an email address 
  • Your contact information 
  • Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required) 
  • Contact information for the organization’s Executive Officer 
Managing Your Online Account

The first person to register enters the organization’s information, which creates the organization profile. It’s important to enter this information accurately at registration, because after this point the organization profile can only be edited by Community Foundation staff.  For an organization to easily view its full history of grants and requests, we recommend consolidating all applications into one user account.

If you are unsure how to set up your organization’s account, or if you are a grantwriter for multiple organizations, please contact Cathy at or 331-208-9426 to discuss your options. (Additional users can be added by Community Foundation staff.) 

Helpful Tips When Applying

We encourage you to read through the Guidelines to the Grantmaking Program to determine your eligibility to apply before beginning the application process.  In addition, there is a FAQ page on the website that may be a helpful resource as well.

For the best user experience when accessing our Online Grants Manager, we suggest using one of the following browsers: Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. It is fine to use Internet Explorer, but you may encounter some minor technical issues.  

If you have questions about eligibility,  contact Cathy at or 331-208-9426. 




Create An Account & Apply For Grants

(630) 896-7800