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RACF envisions a generous, vibrant, and sustainable community.


RACF improves the community through charitable giving, encourages a spirit of philanthropy, develops collaborative partnerships, and improves the quality of life of the community.


Provides grants to nonprofit organizations responding to the needs of the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting hardships placed on people and organizations.  Contributions to the fund will be spent as needs emerge due to the pandemic.  At the conclusion of pandemic response period any funds remaining will be invested with the Community Endowment Fund to meet the longer-term needs of the community. 


Criteria for COVID-19 Response Grants

The purpose of this funding is to supply essential aid to the individuals and households across Ogle County who are most impacted by COVID-19. Key issue areas to be funded include access to food and basic supplies; housing and shelter; primary health care services; utility and financial assistance; nonprofit safety and operations assistance and supports for children and other populations most vulnerable to COVID-19.

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation will accept applications on an ongoing basis until funds are depleted. Completed applications will be evaluated on a weekly basis. Award notification and deployment of resources will happen as quickly as possible. Grant awards should be used within 5 weeks of receipt of funds. 

Who can apply:  501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations, as well as certain other 501 nonprofit organizations who are able to reach specific vulnerable populations.

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