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How to Apply

To begin the application process, please read the information below, then click the button at the bottom of the page. 

How It Works

A grant applicant creates an account in the Online Grants Manager, then logs on to that account to access or to start a new grant application. Your application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again, it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application. Each account maintains a record of the application history, which is accessible at any time. 

Once a grant is awarded, the Online Grants Manager allows grantees an easy way to see the status of their grant, check due dates, and submit electronic follow up grant reports right from their account.  

We recommend that you carefully read the instructions and reference materials found on this page before registering and starting your first application.    

Creating Your Online Account

All applicants are required to create an account in order to submit a Letter of Intent, Application, and any follow-up reports.  We suggest creating your account well in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last-minute issues. At the time of registration, you are required to enter the following information: 

  • A username that is an email address 
  • Your contact information 
  • Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required) 
  • Contact information for the organization’s Executive Officer 
Managing Your Online Account

The first person to register enters the organization’s information, which creates the organization profile. It’s important to enter this information accurately at registration, because after this point the organization profile can only be edited by Community Foundation staff.  For an organization to easily view its full history of grants and requests, we recommend consolidating all applications into one user account.

If you are unsure how to set up your organization’s account, or if you are a grantwriter for multiple organizations, please contact Cathy at cschwieger@cffrv.org or 331-208-9426 to discuss your options. (Additional users can be added by Community Foundation staff.) 

Helpful Tips When Applying

We encourage you to read through the Guidelines to the Grantmaking Program to determine your eligibility to apply before beginning the application process.  In addition, there is a FAQ page on the website that may be a helpful resource as well.

For the best user experience when accessing our Online Grants Manager, we suggest using one of the following browsers: Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. It is fine to use Internet Explorer, but you may encounter some minor technical issues.  

If you have questions about eligibility,  contact Cathy at cschwieger@cffrv.org or 331-208-9426. 

 

 

 

Create An Account & Apply For Grants

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

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

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

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

…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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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