Applications open Feb. 5 for fourth round of DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants

SYCAMORE – Applications open on Feb. 5 for a fourth round of grants from the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund.

Grants are available to nonprofit and public sector service providers that serve DeKalb County. For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. Applications can be found online at and are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 26.

The COVID-19 Response Grant program was designed to support the rising needs in DeKalb County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for the grant program is made possible by ongoing donations to the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund. Since April 2020, the fund has distributed more than $335,065 in assistance to organizations serving DeKalb County. Contributions to the fund can be made through the DeKalb County Community Foundation website,

Seven organizations were awarded DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants during the final stretch of the third round. The third round of grant-making opened October 2020 and closed in January 2021 and awarded $112,245 to 25 organizations.

In the past month, the following grants were awarded:

  • Children’s Home + Aid – $5,000 for Healthy Families Illinois and Doula programs
  • Children’s Learning Center Inc. – $4,500 for outdoor protection while waiting to be screened
  • CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate – $5,000 to assist with effective advocacy for CASA children during COVID-19
  • Equine Dreams – $2,500 to provide therapy horse care for free Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Neighbors’ House – $4,000 to the Neighbors’ House COVID Response Fund
  • Opportunity House Inc. – $20,000 for referral and retention
  • Walcamp Outdoor Ministries – $5,000 for continuation of the remote e3-eLearning program

For information about COVID-19 Response Grants, call 815-748-5383.

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.