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RACF envisions a generous, vibrant, and sustainable community.

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

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Cycle

Cycle Open: September 1, 2021 and Closes: September 30, 2021

Community Needs Grants are awarded annually, on a competitive basis to qualified non-profit agencies, organizations or governmental entities that are exempt from state and federal tax and serve the needs of individuals residing in the Rochelle Township High School District. 

Focus areas include but are not limited to arts and culture, education, health & wellness, social services, community development, the environment and hunger relief. 

Application will be available beginning September 1, 2021 and closes September 30, 2021. 

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in October, 2021. 

Inquiries may be directed to Emily Anaya, Executive Director at 815-561-3600 or [email protected].

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COMMUNITY GRANTS GUIDELINES

Qualified applicants may seek funding for:

• Projects or programs that respond to current, emerging and/or increasing needs in the community.

Preference will be given to grant applications that:

• Respond to current, emerging, and/or increasing needs.

• Encourage and enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations.

• Strengthen volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community concerns.

• Projects or programs that have not been previously funded in the past 3 years.

COMMUNITY GRANTS GUIDELINES 2

Each Grant Request will be evaluated based on the following:

• Potential impact of the request and the number of people who will benefit.

• Identification of a clear need.

• Capacity of the organization or individual to carry out the grant request.

• Degree to which the request works with or complements other community organizations.

• Ability of the applicant to obtain additional funding that may be needed to complete the project.

• Ability to provide ongoing funding once the grant is expired.

COMMUNITY GRANTS GUIDELINES 3

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation does NOT generally fund:

• Annual fund drives, capital campaigns, or general solicitation requests.

• Individuals and for-profit entities.

Grant Interim or Final Report for Previous Grant Awards: 

• Successful recipients of Rochelle Area Community Foundation grant awards are required to submit follow up reports according to the dates assigned upon approval of the grant award.

• Recipients who do not complete the follow up reports by due date will not be eligible to apply for a minimum of one year hence. 

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE FUND

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. 

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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.

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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