DeKalb County Community Foundation awards $156,455 in grants

The DeKalb County Community Foundation awarded $156,455 in grants to 22 local nonprofit and public sector organizations this spring to support a variety of programs and projects aimed at serving the needs of the community. Available in the spring and fall each year, Community Needs Grants are distributed to eligible organizations in DeKalb County. Applications align with five grantmaking interest areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Community Development, Environment & Animal Welfare, and Health & Human Services. “Shared leadership is that everyone is a leader, every single one of us,” she said. “Everyone in a business, the person that starts day one, the person that has worked there five years, the person that has been there 30. They are all leaders. That is the new philosophy.” Echoing Martin’s sentiments, Borek commended county-wide leaders for their roles in DeKalb’s economic life for the past three and a half decades. “While DCEDC is the cheerleader and facilitator involved in the initial recruitment and support of these projects, DCEDC members, including the county, municipalities, investors, developers, companies and utilities, you are all the real heroes behind these projects,” Borek said. “We commend all these DCEDC directors and members that build these projects and operate these business each and everyday.”

Spring Community Needs Grants recipients include:

  • 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care – $5,000 to support moving expenses
  • Barb City Manor Retirement Home – $10,000 to replace an elevator system
  • Cor Cantiamo – $3,000 to purchase music for public performances
  • Cortland Community Library – $4,000 to expand book shelving
  • DeKalb County Community Gardens – $3,000 to purchase farming equipment
  • DeKalb Fire Department – $5,000 to purchase bags and mounts for fire equipment tools
  • Faith United Methodist Church – $7,500 to update and expand its Genoa Preschool playground
  • Fox Valley Community Services – $7,255 to remodel bathrooms for ADA compliance
  • Genoa Township Park District – $1,500 to purchase supplies for an aqua fitness class
  • Kirkland Rec League – $14,700 to renovate baseball fields
  • Kishwaukee Education Consortium – $25,000 to provide welding equipment for a new educational facility
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA – $5,200 to purchase portable basketball hoops
  • Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association – $1,500 to obtain technology for an adult day program
  • Little Lambs Preschool – $7,500 to renovate a playground
  • Northern Public Radio – $4,000 to connect with Spanish speaking individuals in the community and create informational opportunities for them
  • Open Door Rehabilitation Center – $12,000 to purchase a generator
  • Preservation of Egyptian Theatre – $5,000 to provide monitors for dressing rooms with live feed of stage
  • RAMP – $2,400 to provide supplies for a peer mentoring program
  • Sandwich Opera House (ARCH) – $12,500 to repair exterior brick
  • Sir Donald Foundation – $10,000 to provide supplies to connect individuals to services after incarceration
  • Somonauk Public Library District – $2,400 to provide early literacy and school readiness workstations
  • Waterman Lion’s Club Charities – $8,000 to renovate a park shelter

Community Needs Grants receive funding through Community Impact Funds, Field of Interest Funds, and Donor Advised Funds. Donations to any fund at the foundation can be made online at, or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or more information on grants, email