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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Elgin Covid Response Fund. The online application portal will open on August 26. The application deadline is September 11. Applicants will receive notice of grant decisions the week of October 5.

Nonprofit organizations seeking a grant must submit a brief online proposal through our online grants portal.



View/Download Guidelines & Application Procedures PDF

Nonprofit organizations wishing to submit a grant application must submit a brief online application through the online grants portal of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley accessible here.  

  • A steering committee consisting of a representative of each of the funders that initiated the fund shall decide on the approval or denial of all requests.
  • The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley shall represent the decisions of the Advisory Committee and respond accordingly to all nonprofit agencies’ requests for funding via the online portal.
  • If an agency is approved for funding, funding shall be made available immediately upon receipt of a digitally signed grant agreement outlining the parameters of the grant award.
  • A brief final report on all funded projects shall be required within one year of the grant award. Other reports on project status and/or accomplishments may be requested by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley at a later date.


…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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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