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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

CDC Overview

The DuPage County Community Development Commission (CDC) was established in 1975 as a cooperative effort of DuPage municipalities and the County Board. The primary responsibility of the CDC is to advise the County Board on the following programs:

DuPage County GIS Grants Story Map

DuPage County GIS Grants Story Map (link below) – This story map provides an overview of the different grants available to DuPage County residents, municipalities, townships, developers, and non-profit agencies.  Key features include descriptions of eligible activities for each grant opportunity, the location and overview of past projects completed, and links to additional resources such as census data and other DuPage County resources. 

GIS Story Map link

 DuPage County: A HUD Entitlement Community

HUD has classified DuPage County as an Entitlement Community. The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Each year, HUD awards each entitlement community a grant, calculated with a formula utilizing several objective measures of community needs, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The funding priorities for DuPage are outlined in the 5-year Consolidated Plan.

CDC Funding Process

Projects funded by the CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs are selected from individual applications submitted by the municipalities, the County, and many non-profit groups. The selection process requires several steps before final approval of projects. Annual applications are generally due to the CDC in October, the CDC completes its recommendations by January, and the County Board takes final action in February. The funds are available to start new activities after the County receives HUD's grant agreement for that funding year.  Administration of each project is done through a Subgrantee Agreement with a sharing of responsibility between the Subgrantee and the CDC Staff.

General Application Due Dates


  • October


  • Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Page last revised 11/18/2021