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Since its inception, DuPage Foundation has awarded more than $90 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. As DuPage County’s philanthropic leader, we are committed to raising the quality of life for area residents through our support of area not-for-profits and special initiatives while also helping donors realize their unique charitable goals. Specifically, DuPage Foundation grant programs consist of:

Community Impact Grants (formerly Community Needs)
Awarded to local not-for-profits working in the areas of Health & Human Services, Education, Environment, and Animal Welfare.
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Special Initiative Grants
Arts DuPage Grants (formerly considered through Community Needs)
Awarded to local not-for-profits working in the areas of Arts & Culture. 
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Bright & Early DuPage Grants
Awarded to local early childhood collaboratives to support new collaboration development, build system capacity, and expand parent engagement.
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Glen Ellyn Fund Grants (formerly considered through Community Needs)
Awarded to local not-for-profits and governmental entities that specifically support unique projects and opportunities aimed at preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Glen Ellyn.
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Donor-Advised Grants
Awarded from Foundation donor-advised funds to agencies and causes throughout the county and beyond upon recommendation from their fund advisors.
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Designated Grants
Awarded from Foundation designated funds to benefit one or more agencies or causes throughout the county and beyond as specified by the funds' creators at the time the funds are established.
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DuPage Community Transformation Partnership
In January 2022, the DuPage County Board voted to solidify a grantmaking partnership with DuPage Foundation, executing an agreement to allocate $10.6 million in federal funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to the Foundation to implement and manage a five-year grant program benefitting local not-for-profit organizations responding to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Immediate Intervention and Transformational grant opportunities were established to support programs addressing the issues of food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance use disorder.  As of December 2023, 53 grants totaling $6.2 million have been awarded.  Immediate Intervention and Transformational grants opportunities are available in 2024.
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