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DuPage County Launches Grant Program for Small Nonprofits

May 24, 2023

DuPage County is now accepting applications for its newly created grant program to assist small nonprofits in the County.

The Small Agency Grant Program will provide grants of less than $25,000 to County agencies that provide programs and services in the areas of economic development, including job readiness and literacy, education and mentoring, housing and shelter, behavioral health services, substance use disorder treatment, or food assistance.

"Throughout the last few years, we have heard from small nonprofits that are struggling to provide these crucial services," said Greg Schwarze, Chairman of the Human Services Committee. "These funds will help to improve the lives of many of our neediest residents, and we are honored to assist these nonprofits in their missions."

To be eligible for the Small Agency Grant Program, the agency must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing
  • Have annual revenue under $300,000
  • Complete an application detailing the specific activities and outcomes to be supported by County funds

The DuPage County Board allocated more than $1 million the program at its May 9 meeting. Funds will be distributed equally among the six County Board districts, with each district receiving no more than $175,000.

Any agency that previously received funding from the County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act program or the American Rescue Plan Act program is ineligible for funding.

For additional information, please email ARPAExpenses@dupageco.org. To apply for the grant program, please visit the Small Agency Grant Program website. The portal will remain open until July 23.

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