On Tuesday, the DuPage County Board recognized small nonprofits that received assistance from the County in September.
County Board Chair Deborah Conroy and Human Services Committee Chairman Greg Schwarze presented a check to Youth 4 Excellence Director Wendy Williams, who represented all the organizations.
On Sept. 5, the County's Human Services Committee approved $653,993.20 in grants through the Small Agency Grant Program. These grants provided up to $25,000 for 37 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.
The agencies awarded had to be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing, have annual revenue under $300,000 and complete an application detailing the specific activities and outcomes to be supported by County funds. The DuPage County Board allocated more than $1 million to the program at its May 9 meeting.
Funding for the program came from investment earnings from the American Rescue Plan Act. Funds were distributed equally among the six County Board districts, with each district receiving no more than $175,000.