To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Align with the guiding principles, approaches, and focus areas of the foundation
  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or have a fiscal sponsor that has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Have audited financial statements or external financial reviews
  • Have been in operation for at least three years
  • Operate in and primarily benefit the Elgin-Dundee region

The Foundation does not support:

  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Athletic organizations
  • Grants for individuals
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Lobbying or activities to influence elections or legislation
  • Debt reduction or operating deficits

Key attributes of recipients:

  • Relevant – Addressing a critical need
  • Sustainable – Financially sound
  • Engaged – Communicate regularly with stakeholders