Discretionary grants are available in the spring and fall of each year. The schedule is as follows:
February 1 – Letter of Intent becomes available.
March 31 – Letter of Intent is due.
May 1 – Application closes.
August 1 – Letter of Intent becomes available.
September 31 – Letter of Intent is due.
November 1 – Application closes.
To apply for grants, click here.
Nonprofit organizations wishing to submit a grant application MUST:
- Complete a Letter of Intent to apply for a grant
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- After the Letter of Intent is completed, Cathy will contact you to:
- Determine your agency’s eligibility
- Talk about your project
- Schedule a site visit
Once the site visit has been completed, Cathy will confirm your agency’s eligibility and you will receive the next steps regarding the application process.
Guidelines for Grants
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The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Provides grants in the following designated charitable categories:
- Social Services
- Health Care
- Arts and Humanities
Please refer to our annual reports for a listing of grants awarded during the past several years.
- Grants are made to non-profit agencies located in the Community Foundation service area 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. Churches, congregations, and other member organizations are generally not eligible to apply.
- Grants shall be made for capital purposes only.
- Applicants will need to submit evidence of 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A) tax status. Please note that 170(b)(1)(A) status is often included on the 501(c)(3) document from the IRS. It is preferred that agencies are tax exempt with the State of Illinois. All agencies must provide a certificate of tax exemption or a document from the State of Illinois indicating that their request for sales tax exemption was denied.
- Grants are ordinarily made for one year only.
- In light of the Community Foundation’s limited resources and in fairness to the many organizations seeking support, former grant recipients are asked to wait at least two full years from the date they received payment of a grant from the Community Foundation before applying for a new grant.
- The Community Foundation rarely provides the entire support of a project.
- Grants are not generally available to those agencies and institutions that are funded primarily through tax support. Grade schools, middle schools, and high schools (both public and private) are not eligible to apply.
- Community Foundation grants are intended to support charitable projects that utilize companies, firms or vendors whose principal offices are located within the Community Foundation service area. Since funds that support the Community Foundation Grantmaking Program are received from local donors, every effort should be made to return these grant dollars to the local community.
- Please note that the Community Foundation Board of Directors reserves the right to amend or to modify the scope of its Grantmaking Policies.