FREEPORT — The Freeport Community Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of Northwest Illinois, recently announced that it will distribute $200,000 in emergency grant funding to northwest Illinois nonprofits via an online application process.

Funds from the NWIL COVID-19 Response Fund will benefit nonprofits and programs serving vulnerable populations of Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund’s first-round granting on April 8 provided 50% of the funds. The remaining $100,000 in available funding is from the FCF’s Community Needs/Marvin Unrestricted Fund.

The agencies will accept online applications through the Freeport Community Foundation’s online granting portal at through 4 p.m. April 15. Recipients will be notified April 20 regarding final funding decisions and funds will be distributed shortly thereafter. The NWILCRF grants process will prioritize programs and agencies deploying resources to benefit NWIL residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility and financial assistance, support for children and other vulnerable populations and nonprofit safety and operations assistance

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