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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mindy Saban, Director of Communications, DuPage Foundation, (630) 598-5290; Joan Olson, Chief Communications Officer, DuPage County (630) 407-6015

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

DuPage County Presents $10.6 Million to DuPage Foundation

DuPage County presented a check for $10.6 million to DuPage Foundation this morning to mark the launch of a strategic grantmaking partnership known as the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership (Partnership).

Over the next five years, the Partnership will implement a $10 million grant program to support social service not-for-profit organizations helping DuPage County residents most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will focus on providing assistance for food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance abuse.

In January, the County Board voted to execute an agreement to allocate $10.6 million to DuPage Foundation in federal funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the grant program. The Foundation received $600,000 to administer the program and disburse the ARPA funds on behalf of the County.

“Together, the County Board, DuPage Foundation and our non-profit organizations will make a positive, lasting difference to those workers and families in DuPage County who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.  This partnership fosters a sustainable, whole-community approach to supporting those in need,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to provide transformative change for our community, and our staff and Board of Trustees are thrilled to commence our partnership with the County,” said DuPage Foundation President & CEO Dave McGowan.

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

About the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership

The DuPage Community Transformation Partnership (Partnership) is funded by a grant from the DuPage County Board through the American Rescue Plan Act. The Partnership supports programs to address some of the community’s most urgent social service needs including: food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance abuse. Programs funded through the Partnership will provide positive, measurable impact, helping people in need move from instability to security and self-sufficiency.