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Fall 2020 Grant Recipients

Total Education Grants (16): $180,400
  • To support a new Bright Beginnings playground to address safety concerns and allow for more age-appropriate equipment.

  • Partially funded by Paul & Dottie Foundation
    To help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities form meaningful friendships with their peers; secure jobs; live independently; improve public speaking; self-advocacy and communication skills; and feel valued by society.

  • To support high-quality sex and drug education programs for low-income DuPage youth.

  • Partially funded by Sue Wallace Fund
    To support the Soft Skills Training program at no cost to NFP agency clients to help them stand out in their job search and ultimately lead to quicker employment success.

  • Partially funded by Paul & Dottie Foundation
    To support TechGirlz which ignites a love for technology in middle school girls.

  • Partially funded by Paul & Dottie Foundation
    To support the STEM with DCM program that will provide enriching and effective virtual learning experiences for low-income students and children within DuPage County.

  • Funded by JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund
    To catalyze the academic and social growth of low-income K-12 students in the greater Glen Ellyn area through a new model of virtual after-school & summer enrichment programming.

  • Funded by Sue Wallace Fund
    To support self-motivated, low-income or first generation high school students apply for, attend, and succeed in college.

  • Funded by Betty W. Smykal
    To catalyze the academic and social growth of low-income K-12 students in the greater Glen Ellyn area through a new model of virtual after-school & summer enrichment programming.

  • Partially funded by Dawn Carol Foundation
    To support the new virtual program, Inside Out Club Live, that is designed to empower children ages 3-12 to live their lives with character and a desire to help others, animals and/or the planet.

  • To develop real-time, interactive, virtual learning field trips for teachers and students in grades 4-12.

  • Partially funded by Johansen Family Fund
    To provide the benefits of Tae Kwon Do training regardless of ability to pay, with a focus on involving at-risk youth and families in the community.

  • Partially funded by Beles Family Fund
    To provide employment to refugee women as they make handmade cloth face masks for at-risk children to attend schools and other programs.

  • To improve social-emotional skills, academic readiness, and achievement of low-income students in School District 45 through enhanced access to enrichment programs and community resources.

  • Partially funded by Paul & Dottie Foundation
    To support construction to build out space that will ultimately serve more students, families and community members.

  • Funded by Donor-Advised Fund for Needy Children
    To support the “Our Books to You” program to provide free gently-used and new children’s books to DuPage Program Partner’s communities.


Total Arts & Culture Grants (15): $125,825
  • Partially funded by Paul & Dottie Foundation
    To support the creative.unity Mentorship Program that will provide mentorship to African-American & other high school youth in DuPage County ACT-SO to prepare for competition and personal development.

  • To support 2020/2021 general operations to enlighten, educate, and entertain Chicagoland audiences through musicals and comedies both during and after COVID-19.

  • Funded by JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund
    To present a three-concert season at Wentz Concert Hall and community engagement concerts in DuPage County.

  • To upgrade equipment and ventilation that improve the safety, access, capacity and environment of ClaySpace.

  • Partially funded by Johansen Family Fund
    To support four spring performances that will draw the community safely back together for music, dance and entertainment for all ages.

  • Funded by History DuPage Fund
    To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWII and honor soldiers who fought and educate the public on WWII using firsthand stories and artifacts.

  • Funded by JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund
    To support community engagement and free programming around the Chicago Freedom Movement exhibit about housing inequalities.

  • Funded by JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund
    To add music therapy that can help address physical, emotional, behavioral and social needs of older adults living with cognitive and physical limitations.

  • To support the production of The Story of Ram which will be featured both virtually and at Naper Settlement.

  • Partially funded by Paul & Dottie Foundation
    To support 8 services of Opera for the Young's adaptation of Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel" in DuPage County elementary schools, featuring a student chorus prepared by host music teachers.

  • To improve online education/programming capability and increase digital marketing and recruitment presence.

  • Funded by Shebik Family Fund for Basic Human Needs
    To support Word Warriors, a performing arts program for adolescents incarcerated at Illinois Youth Center (IYC)-Warrenville.

  • To support the development and implementation of public art in the form of murals, sculpture or other mediums.

  • To provide new headsets for the stage crew at Wheaton Drama to communicate for cues for lights, sound, orchestration, stage crew, actors, and ushers.

  • To support the 2020 season with a hybrid format due to the pandemic.


Total Environment Grants (3): $40,000
  • To educate the community, create new nature-health programs and promote the efforts of parks, forest preserves and other physical and mental health organizations to engage people in nature.

  • To support the Youth Volunteer Program, which enables students to learn about science and environmental careers while experiencing nature and mentorship opportunities.

  • To support programs where participants will gain an appreciation for nature and its conservation, as demonstrated by earning conservation-related merit badges.


Total Animal Welfare Grants (2): $16,967

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