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Guidelines

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. 

 

The Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund shall respond to the needs of nonprofits that are in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to the unknown timeline and implications of COVID-19, and needs that may arise over time within nonprofits, requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Guidelines for COVID-19 Grants

  • Grants shall be made to non-profit agencies located within the Fox Valley region, which includes the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County in the State of Illinois. Consideration is also given to non-profit agencies outside of the service area that can show significant impact on residents within the service area. Grants shall be made for operating, program, and capital needs that are in demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Educational institutions, educational foundations, and private schools are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Applicants shall submit evidence of 501(c)(3) tax status.
  • Grants shall be one-time awards.
  • Preference shall be given to requests that are meeting basic human needs of residents in the community, including but not limited to food, shelter, health, mental health, and safety as well as technology needs of agencies who are serving clients while being sheltered in place.
  • Agencies are encouraged to maximize these dollars through matching grants with other donors.

Grants from the Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund shall not be used for the following:

  • To fund endowments, contingency funds, reserves, interest, or taxes.
  • For sectarian or religious purposes or for organizations operated primarily for the benefit of their own membership.
  • For the payment of individuals, private foundations, political organizations, or campaigns.
  • To purchase benefit tickets, respond to telephone solicitations, or national fund-raising efforts.
  • For any purpose that discriminates as to race, creed, sex, or ethnic group.

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

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

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

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

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