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Community Grants Opening For Some Nonprofits In Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties


Grant applications open Aug. 2 and close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13.

A northern Illinois foundation is opening grant applications for qualified nonprofit organizations in certain sectors for its Community Grants Program. It’s looking to award more than $1.4 million for the 2021 grant cycle.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will have informational meetings for some 501(c)(3) nonprofits interested in applying for the funds.

Dan Ross is the president of the foundation. He said the sessions are needed for those who have never applied for a grant before.

“And so, it's a great way for them to just learn about the process and learn about what might be involved with it,” he said. “And it's also a good way for them to interact with others that in their field or in the nonprofit community that might be doing the same thing.”

Sarah Lambert is the vice president of programs and community investment for the foundation. She said the organization tries to meet the needs of the nonprofits that apply.

“So, we typically try really hard to fully funded projects,” Lambert said. “So, if the nonprofits, who are really the experts in their work, if they tell us they need $25,000 to accomplish this goal, we're going to give them $25,000 or get as close to that as we can.”

The services provided by these organizations must benefit those living in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson or Winnebago Counties.

Proposals will be accepted in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Education, Health, Human Services Sustainable Communities and Youth & Families.

The application process opens Monday, Aug. 2 and closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Informational meetings will take place on Aug. 2 and 4.

  • Yvonne Boose is a current corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.
Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.