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DeKalb County Community Foundation awards $89,352 in support of music education

In February, students from Special Gifts Theater perform "Step in Time" in Mary Poppins Jr. The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund supports the Special Gifts Theater and the opportunities they bring to individuals with disabilities.
In February, students from Special Gifts Theater perform "Step in Time" in Mary Poppins Jr. The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund supports the Special Gifts Theater and the opportunities they bring to individuals with disabilities.

SYCAMORE– The DeKalb County Community Foundation reports that $89,352 in spring Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants benefited a total of 28 nonprofits and community organizations across the greater Chicagoland area for music education.

“Our board of advisors recognize that this is a very unusual grant cycle,” said George Buck, advisory committee chair for the Wurlitzer Foundation Fund. “We realize that due to COVID-19, many of our grant recipients are unable to function normally at this time. In this cycle we granted a great deal of general operating support to aid in sustainability for these organizations.”

The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grant is one of several grant-making programs at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Funding is possible through a donor-advised fund established by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation in 2012.

Grant applications are due by midnight on March 1 and September 1 of each year. Funding support is determined by criteria met and the amount requested. Preference to 501(c)3 organizations is given.

Spring 2020 grant recipients include:

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre - $3,750

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic - $2,500 

Children's Community Theatre - $3,000

Child's Voice - $1,250

Christ the King Lutheran Church and School- $2,000

Community School of the Arts (Wheaton College) - $2,500

Cor Cantiamo - $3,000

Ellwood House Association, Inc. - $3,000

Fifth House Ensemble - $4,000

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus D/B/A Anima - $3,000

Holy Family Ministries - $2,500

Holy Trinity High School - $3,750

Intonation Music - $2,500

Lawrence Hall Youth Services - $3,000

Little Kids Rock - $3,000

Merit School of Music - $4,500

NIU- College of Visual and Performing Arts - $2,500

Northern Illinois University School of Music - $5,418

Orion Ensemble - $2,250

People's Music School - $2,500

Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. - $2,500

Sandwich Opera House (ARCH) - $10,000

Special Gifts Theater- $2,500

St. Charles Singers- $2,000

Suzuki-Orff School of Music - $5,000

Sycamore Education Foundation - $2,000

Sycamore Music Boosters - $4,434

The Allendale Association - $1,000

Donate to any fund at the Community Foundation, including the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, at www.dekalbccf.org/donate or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

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