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Why is ECRF important?

As the local impact of the pandemic was becoming clearer, we felt it was important to create a response fund that could meet the unique, local needs of the Elgin community.

How did the fund come about?

The fund was created from a meeting of foundation leaders who have been invested in Elgin. These foundations - in partnership with the City of Elgin - explored how to make a collective philanthropic impact beyond each foundation’s individual grantmaking. ECRF was created from those discussions.

Who is going to decide?

The following partners have 1 representative each on the steering committee which will represent 1 vote each: UWMC, CFFRV, GVF, KAPTAIN, SEIGLE, WISDOM, and City of Elgin.

Who is administering the fund?

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is hosting and administering the fund at no cost. We have no foundation who could host the fund here in Elgin.

If I applied, when will I hear back?

Applicants who apply for the second round will be notified of grant decisions the week of October 5.

When is the deadline for the application?

Applications for the second round of funding are due by 5 p.m. on September 11.

Are administrative costs included in the second round of ECRF funding?

Ten percent of the ECRF can be used for administrative costs.

Why this structure?

The steering committee wanted to make sure there was some funding earmarked for the urgent financial needs of individuals and families in Elgin. We felt the best way to distribute those funds was through local non-profit organizations who have the intimate knowledge and relationships on the ground.

What type of support can nonprofits request?

Grants are restricted specifically for the purpose of providing direct financial assistance to individuals and families facing urgent, financial need as a result of the covid pandemic.

Can individuals apply? If not, where can I receive assistance?

No, grants will not be given directly to individuals but will instead support nonprofits in the community that can then assist individuals and families in need. Those seeking assistance who reside in Kane County are encouraged to call 2-1-1, a free community resource. City of Elgin residents are encouraged to visit the Coronavirus Mapping Resource Center to explore resources in Elgin.

If my organization received a grant during the first round, am I eligible to apply for the second round?

Yes; however, the funds cannot be used for the same individuals. Instead, they should be used to reach new individuals and families in need.

What’s new or different for the second round of ECRF funding?

Fundraising specifications were expanded to include childcare, transportation, and education related expenses. Also, a ten percent administrative cost was added.

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

…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

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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