General operating grants are grants to cover the regular personnel, administrative, and other expenses of your organization or an existing program of your organization.
General operating grants may also be used to cover the cost of staff retreats, staff training, outside consultative services, rent, utilities, development of marketing or public relations materials, and/or translation of program materials.
A nonprofit is considered an Elgin-based organization if it: 1) has an office in Elgin, Illinois, 2) provides direct services to Elgin residents, and 3) has a dedicated Elgin budget.
Funders are foundations, corporations, and government agencies that award your organization grants to support a program and/or to cover general operating expenses. For purposes of this application, funders are also individuals who donate $2,500 or more to your organization.
The most common reasons an application is declined are: 1) the organization does not meet the eligibility requirements; 2) the application is incomplete; 3) the organization is not financially stable; and 4) there is no indication from the application that a general operating grant would strengthen the organization or help maximize its service delivery.
If your application is denied you will have to wait six consecutive months before submitting a new application.
The number of grants will be determined by the availability of funds.
Each application will be evaluated on its own merits and will be reviewed by the Foundation staff and Board of Directors.
Yes. However, to be eligible for grants from the core program, your organization's activities must fit the mission and program priorities of the core grant making program.
The application cover page is one page and the narrative answers may not exceed three typed pages. The required attachments are in addition to the four-page limit.