815CRT partners are promoting three local funding streams through which eligible nonprofit organizations may apply:

  1. LEVEL I (for individuals/families) -- Natural Disaster Assistance & Family Crisis Funds: Emergency assistance for individuals and families residing in Winnebago County. Service Providers complete applications on behalf of the individual/family and submit to the City of Rockford Human Services Department. View Natural Disaster Assistance Fund Guidelines. View Family Crisis Fund GuidelinesPlease contact Chris Greenwood to learn more and request applications:
    Chris Greenwood, Community Programs Manager, City of Rockford | 779-348-7569 |


  2. LEVEL I (for nonprofits) -- Emerging Needs Fund: Supports the needs of the people of northern Illinois to alleviate hardships they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed to local social service agencies that have expertise in serving individuals and families and provide support for needs such as rent, utility and employment assistance, child care, and food. Service providers complete the application and submit to Linda Sandquist via email. The first round of grants awarded $250,000 to 33 nonprofits - Learn More. The second round of grants awarded nearly $250,000 to 31 nonprofits - Learn More
    Round Three of Emerging Needs will only distribute to nonprofits serving Winnebago County. $250,000 will be distributed. The application deadline is Noon on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Download the Round Three Emerging Needs Grant Application. 

    Thanks to an additional distribution from the statewide COVID-19 Response Fund to Ogle County, Rochelle Area Community Foundation (RACF) is coordinating a county-wide response and managing the application process for Ogle County nonprofits. Download the application HERE. It is also available on the RACF online grants portal.

    This is a competitive grant application. Allocations from the Emerging Needs Fund will be made based on the 815 Community Response Team Grant Making Committee's recommendations. The committee is made up of representatives from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, the Kjellstrom Family Foundation, the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and United Way of Rock River Valley, and is part of the larger 815 Community Response Team which also includes the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Transform Rockford, and The Workforce Connection.


  3. LEVEL II -- Recovery and Restoration Fund: Nonprofit agency funds to assist with organizational and sustainability needs being adversely affected by the crisis. A simple funding strategy is being designed to address operational needs of nonprofits experiencing budgetary losses due to disruptions in services, absences in staff and volunteers, budgetary implications, etc. These funds will be distributed when health professionals determine it is safe for employees to return to work. 





We are compiling a list of many types of resources that may be of use to nonprofits, including communication tools, technology solutions, and more. The list continues to grow as more resources become available.​

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