620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012

Tel: 815.338.4483

Grant Process

The McHenry County Community Foundation looks for projects and programs where a moderate amount of grant money can produce a significant result. We look for innovative, but practical approaches to solving community problems, especially those not currently being met by an existing organization. Applicants should show a well-planned approach to address important community issues; a sound base of support (financial, participatory and voluntary); efficient use of community resources; involvement of underserved constituencies; and coordination, cooperation and sharing among nonprofit organizations and elimination of project duplication. Organizations should demonstrate present and future sustainability and provide clear and meaningful outcomes of the proposed project or program.

The Board of Directors of the McHenry County Community Foundation has developed a procedure for submission and evaluation of grant proposals in a two-step process via online application. Applicants must create and re-certify an Organization Profile annually.  This can be completed any time in the year, but must be completed before an application is submitted.

Grant Committees carefully review and consider first a Letter of Intent application as submitted through the website by prospective grant seekers, and subsequently invites those organizations demonstrating the greatest need/community benefit for that given cycle to submit Full Proposals. The Grant Committees make their recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors which must give final approval.

The Foundation welcomes proposals from any non-profit organization with an IRS tax exempt status that services McHenry County residents. Please read the below Grant Guidelines and Timeline documents for specific due dates and application procedures. Forward any questions to



The Foundation hosts two grants workshops at the beginning of each cycle.  It is required for organizations that have never received funding from the Foundation to attend a workshop.  Please complete the form below to register for the grants workshop on Tuesday, October 17th at the Community Foundation offices (620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60012).