Grants Available for Youth Impact in DeKalb County


Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) is accepting applications for 2018 YEP Grants. As with other grant programs of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, YEP Grants have a specific purpose, to improve the quality of life for youth in DeKalb County. Projects considered for funding must directly involve youth, promote youth empowerment and leadership, and be dedicated to the local community.

Deadline for grant applications is February 1, 2018. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Apply online at

As a youth led program of the Community Foundation, YEP provides opportunities for youth across DeKalb County to develop leadership skills, learn about philanthropy, and become engaged in their communities.

For questions on grant applications, please contact Grants Manager Becky Zantout at 815.748.5383 or

Click here to see the 2017 Report to the Community from the DeKalb County Community Foundation and see all they are doing for our community!

Photo Caption: A 2017 YEP Grant to Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association supported a FUNcilitators program at Camp Maple Leaf. This program empowered youth to step into a junior camp counselor role, promoting youth leadership and development.

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