Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Grantmaking FAQs

How do I apply for a grant?

In order to apply for a grant, you will need to first complete a Letter of Intent. It is a simple online application that you can access from our Online Grants Management System. Once completed, you will be contacted by Cathy to schedule a site visit and review your proposal.

To apply for a grant, click here.

When are Letters of Intent available?

The Letter of Intent is available in the spring and the fall of each year.

  • The spring cycle Letter of Intent will become available February 1.
  • The fall cycle Letter of Intent will become available August 1.
When are applications available?

If you are eligible to apply, you will be sent a follow-up e-mail providing access to the application, typically within one week of the site visit.

When is the application due?

The application is available in the spring and the fall of each year.

  • The spring cycle application will close May 1.
  • The fall cycle application will close November 1.
Can I submit a paper copy of the Letter of Intent/application?

No, paper copies are not available. All applications must be submitted through the online application process.

Can I save information and return to the Letter of Intent/application?

Yes. With our Online Grants Management System, your document can be saved as a draft; when you log on again, it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application.

Is there a size limitation on uploaded documents?

If you’re having issues with document sizes, please contact Cathy.

What is the average grant size?

Over the past five years, the average grant size is approximately $12,000. The size of grants awarded ranges primarily between $2,500 and $20,000.

It is not suggested that you apply for a grant beyond this range. Grants are rarely awarded over $20,000. If you have a project or would like to discuss a grant request that does not fall within this range, please contact Cathy about it prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.

Once the Letter of Intent is completed, how long does it take until the Community Foundation contacts me?

Cathy will typically contact you within days of completing the Letter of Intent. You will then be asked to schedule a site visit.

What happens during the site visit?

Cathy will meet with you, the agency contact, administration, and anyone else that you feel would be relevant to the application at your agency’s facility. She will want to learn more about your organization and the project you are considering requesting a grant for from the Community Foundation. This includes the physical space, equipment, items, etc. relevant to the project in consideration. You’ll be given additional information about the process of the application and will be given an opportunity to ask questions.

What criteria is used to review my application?

Please refer to the guidelines for grants listed on the grantmaking page. The number of applications approved for funding and the dollar amounts granted are dependent on the following:

  • The number of applications presented
  • The dollar amounts requested and available
  • The impact the projects will have on the Community Foundation’s service area
When will I hear if my application is approved?

You will receive a phone call, e-mail and letter approximately 30-45 days after the due date providing you with information on whether your grant request was approved or denied funding.

When are grants awarded?

Checks are requested and approved for distribution upon receipt of the following:

  •  Signed Grant Agreement
  •  Proof of receipt or invoice for the capital request
  • Signage/Acknowledgement of Community Foundation grant (signage type varies by grant). Click here to view examples of recognition.

You will receive an email prompting you to complete these documents through our Online Grants Management System.

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