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COVID-19 Grantmaking Program

Thank you to all of those who have completed applications for this grantmaking program. We are not currently accepting applications for review at this time. We will continue to evaluate needs that arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is proud to partner with Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, Dunham Fund, Fox Valley United Way, and INC Board to create the Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund.

This fund is dedicated to supporting nonprofits in the greater Fox Valley region, (Greater Aurora Area, TriCities, Kendall County) acknowledging their increasingly tireless efforts amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


The Fund will provide rapid-response grants to nonprofit organizations in our community who are in need of critical funding to maintain operations and support the increased demand for services. While this fund will not make direct grants to individuals, we will be awarding funding to nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance to individuals.

  • Nonprofits can apply for operating, program, or capital needs that are in demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including technology needs of agencies who are serving clients while sheltered in place.
  • Preference will be given to requests meeting basic human needs of residents in our community, including but not limited to food, shelter, safety, health, mental health.
  • The average anticipated grant award will be between $1,000-$20,000.


The steps are simple:

  • Nonprofits will need to complete a brief online application detailing their needs.
  • A committee will review the applications as they are received on a weekly basis.
  • Nonprofits will receive a response within two – three weeks of their submission of a request.

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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