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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

DuPage County to Provide $10 Million in Social Service Grants to Non-Profits

The DuPage County Board approved an agreement with the DuPage Foundation on Tuesday to administer a non-profit grant program allocating $10 million in funds the County received from the American Rescue Plan Act. The goal of the five-year program is to assist local social service organizations helping DuPage County residents impacted most severely by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This agreement represents our commitment to DuPage County residents in need. We recognize that people are struggling as a result of the many economic and social impacts of the COVID pandemic. Partnering with the DuPage Foundation allows us to create meaningful change and provide the maximum relief to our residents over a longer period of time. We thank the Foundation and our local social service agencies who will be an integral part of this effort,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.

Together, the County and Foundation will develop a grant program supporting organizations addressing food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance abuse. DuPage Foundation President and CEO Dave McGowan said, “We appreciate the trust in the Foundation as these funds will significantly increase our impact so we can more aptly meet the needs of our community still reeling from the debilitating effects of the pandemic. Raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County has been our vision since the Foundation’s inception in 1986. We are proud to continue advancing our work and share our expertise in grantmaking through this partnership.”

DuPage County staff and the Chair of the County’s Health and Human Services Committee will be part of a group that will design the program and evaluate grant applications. DuPage County Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Julie Renehan said, “Two years after the first case of COVID-19, we know this pandemic continues to cause insecurity and instability among many of our residents in need. I look forward to working with the DuPage Foundation and our social service partners to restore that security and have a lasting impact on our residents’ daily lives.”

Guidelines will be developed over the next few months and announcements regarding the application process will be made in spring 2022.