DeKalb’s VOICE contributes to our community by supporting educational and significant needs.

DeKalb’s VOICE

The Community Foundation’s youth philanthropy group, DeKalb’s VOICE, is a grant making advisory group. VOICE meets once a month during the school year to learn about the community and its charitable needs.

DeKalb’s VOICE has members from DeKalb, Eastside, Garrett and Lakewood Park Schools. The students are grade 9 through grade 12. Once appointed, each student serves on the group through his/her high school graduation. The Dekko Foundation and Community Foundation DeKalb County sponsor DeKalb’s VOICE, working together to grow a new generation of philanthropic leaders.


2019-2020 DeKalb’s VOICE Members

Front Row:  Emily Silver, Lola Hanchar, Rowan Tinker, Morgan Thrush, Abigail Yeager, Sarah Cooper, Sydney Hefty, Olivia Fetter, Rebekah Johnson

Back Row:  Ashley Zak, Taylor Richards, Liam Franz, Ethn Kerr, Kadyn Hornbeak, Aidan Wissing, Gavin Swift, Cole Bergman, Nate Fillenwarth, Addeline Kruse, Eva Hostetler

VOICE Grants

Who should apply?

DeKalb’s VOICE grants support a wide variety of charitable needs in DeKalb County, Indiana. VOICE also accepts proposals from student-led school organizations. Grants to individuals or for school trips or proms/dances are typically not funded.

When can I apply for a VOICE grant?

The spring 2021 grant proposal deadline is February 28th.

How do I apply?

Click the “Apply Now” button to be directed to the Community Foundation of DeKalb County’s grant portal.

If this is your organization’s first grant proposal to DeKalb’s VOICE, include a copy of your organization’s 501(c)3 designation letter.

Who should I contact for questions?

Contact Ashton Willis at the Community Foundation DeKalb County office (260) 925-0311 or email.

Grant Report Form

This form gives you an opportunity to share information and reflect on your successes or challenges. It gives the foundation a better understanding of your organization and your programs and projects.