Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

111 West Downer Place, Suite 312
Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-7800

  Serving Charitable Donors Since 1948  
Nicholas Albers Charles & Mary Whinfrey Don & Betty Brownson Jacques & CharlotteToussaint Josh Sweet
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Grantmaking Program

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Grantmaking Program

Nonprofit organizations wishing to submit a grant application MUST:

  • Contact the Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Coordinator to:
    • Determine your agency's eligibility.
    • Talk about your project.
    • Schedule a site visit.

Grant proposals MUST:

  • Be received in the Community Foundation's office by 12:00 Noon on:
    • Friday, May 1, 2015
    • Monday, November 2, 2015

View our Grantmaking Program Guidelines & Application Procedures here.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley provides grants in the following designated charitable categories:

  • Education
  • Health Care 
  • Social Services 
  • 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.
    • In general, grants shall be made for capital purposes only, not for operating expenses.
    • Evidence of 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A) tax status must be submitted with all grant proposals. Lack of such status is rare among applicants.
    • Preference will be given to requests that demonstrate the most urgent and immediate need for funding.
    • Grants are ordinarily made for one year only.
    • The Community Foundation rarely provides the entire support of a project.
    • Grants are not generally available for those agencies and institutions that are funded primarily through tax support.
    • 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.
    • 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.