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Small Nonprofit Grant Program

Small Nonprofit Grant Program

This page provides information on DuPage County’s Small Nonprofit Grant Program (“Program”). It provides a description of the Program and detailed information on eligibility, application, selection, payment, reporting, contact, and reference.


On May 9, 2023, the DuPage County Board allocated $1,050,000 for the Small Nonprofit Grant Program. The Program will provide grants to small nonprofits in DuPage County. The funding will support programs and services for economic development (including job readiness and literacy), education and mentoring, housing and shelter, behavioral health services, substance use disorder treatment, and food assistance. The individual grant awards may be up to $25,000 and will be awarded by County district. The Finance Department will administer the Program in coordination with the Community Services Department. Funding for the Program will come from American Rescue Plan Act investment earnings. 


To be eligible for the Program, the Agency must be:

  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit;
  • Located in DuPage County, Illinois;
  • In good standing based on the Illinois Secretary of State’s Certificate of Good Standing;
  • An Agency with annual revenue under $300,000 as demonstrated by the most recently filed AG990-IL tax form;
  • Providing services to DuPage County (“County”) for programs, projects, or initiatives in the following areas:
    • Economic development (including job readiness and literacy),
    • Education and mentoring,
    • Housing and shelter,
    • Behavioral health services,
    • Substance use disorder treatment, or
    • Food Assistance.
  • Incurring expenses for services provided to the County between the dates of July 1, 2023, and November 30, 2024.

Agencies that have previously received direct funding from the County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) (P.L. 116-136) program or the County’s American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) (P.L. 117–2) program are ineligible for the Program.


The Small Nonprofit Grant Program Application On-line Portal (“Portal”) will be opened on May 23, 2023, and will remain open for 60 days (July 22, 2023). No password is required for the Portal. 


County staff will review the Portal applications for completeness and eligibility. Staff will determine the County Board district based on the Agency’s address. There are six districts in the County with three County Board Members for each district. The three district County Board Members will review the applications from their respective districts. As a team, the three district County Board Members will make recommendations to the Human Services Committee on selected Agencies. Each district team shall recommend awards not to exceed a total of $175,000 such that the total for all six districts does not exceed $1,050,000.


Final payment is contingent on the following:

  • County Board Member district review and approval;
  • Human Services Committee review and approval;
  • Finance Department staff review and approval;
  • Office of the County Auditor staff review and approval;
  • Compliance with County rules and regulations;
  • Follow-up responses to all County staff inquiries; and
  • Completion of a fully executed Agreement.

Once the above conditions are met, County staff will issue payment within thirty (30) days following the signature of the fully executed Agreement.

Should the Agency fail to appropriately use all of the funds distributed prior to November 30, 2024, the Agency shall return all unused funds to the County.


The Agency shall submit a summary report to the County no later than December 31, 2024, via the Portal. The summary shall include total cumulative expenditures and supporting documentation or invoices that verify these expenses. In addition, the Agency shall submit a performance measure(s) which demonstrates the service(s) provided (e.g., number of total households served).


For questions or assistance, please contact Finance Department staff via email at ARPAExpenses@dupagecounty.gov.


DuPage County hosted a Zoom webinar on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 11:00 am. Featured speakers included Mary Keating, Director of Community Services, and Mary Catherine Wells, Deputy Chief Financial Officer. The webinar is posted below and includes a brief presentation followed by participant questions.

See resolution implementing the "Small Agency Grant Program".

June 1, 2023 Small Nonprofit Grant Program Webinar

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