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DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Cycle Continues During Pandemic; More Than $500,000 Awarded to 31 DuPage Health & Human Service Agencies

DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Cycle Continues During Pandemic; More Than $500,000 Awarded to 31 DuPage Health & Human Service Agencies

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to be able to continue its annual Community Needs grant program with more than $500,000 awarded to 31 DuPage County health and human services agencies.

“Community Needs grants support not-for-profits whose programs are improving the quality of life for DuPage County residents,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. “We’re proud to be providing financial support to so many vital area organizations during this unprecedented time of crisis as they work to help our community’s most vulnerable residents.”

The following organizations were selected to receive funding totaling $505,483 through the Foundation’s spring Community Needs cycle:

  • 360 Youth Services (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund): $20,000
  • Bridge Communities, Inc. (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund): $20,000
  • Care for Cars (Partially funded by Betty W. Smykal and the Effort Counts Twice Fund): $12,000
  • CASA of DuPage County, Inc: $20,000
  • Chicago Dental Society Foundation: $20,000
  • Donka, Inc: $15,000
  • DuPage Health Coalition: $20,000
  • DuPagePads: $20,000
  • DuPage Sponsors: $10,000
  • Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley: $20,000
  • Evangelical Child & Family Agency: $10,000
  • Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities: $15,000
  • Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc: $10,000
  • Little Friends, Inc: $10,000
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront (Funded by the Edward & Minnie Ceragioli Fund): $15,000
  • Metropolitan Family Services DuPage : $20,000
  • NAMI DuPage: $20,000
  • Neighborhood Food Pantries (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund): $20,000
  • Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services: $20,000
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank (Partially funded by the Morrissey Family Fund): $20,000
  • Outreach Community Ministries: $20,000
  • People's Resource Center (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund): $9,983
  • Ray Graham Association: $20,000
  • Roselle UMC Community Food Pantry: $20,000
  • SamaraCare : $20,000
  • Sharing Connections (Partially funded by the Kenneth Holland Memorial Fund): $20,000
  • Special Kids Day (Funded by the Andi Stelzner Fund): $6,000
  • Syrian Community Network: $10,000
  • Teen Parent Connection (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund): $20,000
  • Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Service (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) : $2,500
  • World Relief DuPage: $20,000

See project descriptions for each of the grantees here.

“This grant is an integral part of our planning for services in the coming year and is needed more than ever before due to the pandemic,” said John Tartaglione, president of Care for Cars, regarding the Community Needs grant his organization received. “Our clients are often those frontline essential workers who are cited so often in the news and are our unsung heroes. This funding will enable them to have one less worry in their lives because they'll be able to continue getting to their jobs in healthcare, grocery stores, and other essential services.”

As DuPage County’s leader in connecting donors with causes they are passionate about, the DuPage Foundation engages individual donors and donor-advised fund representatives to bolster its annual Community Needs budget. “I’m inspired by the generosity of our donors,” said Szczepaniak. “During a time when the needs are huge and the requests they’re receiving are plentiful, donors stepped up and supplemented our Community Needs budget with an additional $134,483 in support.”

In addition to this most recent spring grant cycle, last December the Foundation awarded more than $300,000 to 31 organizations working in the areas of Education, Arts & Culture, the Environment, and Animal Welfare as part of its fall Community Needs grant cycle. It also recently deployed $500,000 in grants to support 36 DuPage County not-for-profits providing food and emergency assistance, housing, mental health services, access to healthcare, and other support for DuPage residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See all COVID-19 grantees and learn more about our COVID-19 Response Fund here.