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DuPage Foundation Grants $432,193 to 31 Not-for-Profit Organizations

DuPage Foundation is pleased to award $432,193 in grants to 31 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of education, arts & culture, the environment, and animal welfare as part of the Foundation’s fall, 2021, Community Needs Grant Program (Community Needs). Grantees were notified today and will receive the funds in early December.

Applications for DuPage Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program are accepted twice per year and are reviewed by the Foundation’s volunteer Grant Committee. Thanks to additional donations from DuPage Foundation’s donors and donor-advisors, the Foundation was able to grant $179,393 above its regular Community Needs grant budget this cycle.

“We are proud to deploy these much needed grants to the not-for-profit organizations that work tirelessly to serve our community, especially as the lingering effects of the pandemic have forced many to reimagine and rebuild their operations and programs,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. “We are grateful to our donors for their generosity and desire to expand funding to support these organizations.”

Organizations applying for Community Needs grants fell into one of the following categories:

  • Education: Primarily supports pathways to self-sufficiency including financial, health and language/math literacy and/or the development of leadership skills.
  • Arts & Culture: Primarily supports programs that offer broad access, outreach and/or unique opportunities, (including creative ways to stay relevant during the COVID-19 crisis) to enrich arts and cultural experiences in DuPage.
  • Environment: Supports environmental education; programs that promote conservation and restoration of natural areas, habitats, and green spaces; efforts to reduce pollution and waste; and programs that protect wildlife and endangered species.
  • Animal Welfare: Supports programs that promote the well-being of domestic animals.

The following organizations were selected to receive funding through DuPage Foundation’s fall Community Needs grant cycle:

Total Education Grants (16): $248,693

  • Alive Center: $15,000
  • Career & Networking Center: $12,500
  • Child's Voice: $2,500
  • CREO DuPage: $10,000
  • DuPage Children's Museum: $18,000
  • DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform: $20,000
  • Exodus World Service: $15,000
  • Giant Steps: $15,000
  • Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center: $25,000
  • H.O.M.E. DuPage, Inc.: $25,000
  • KidsMatter: $25,000
  • Literacy DuPage: $20,000
  • Resilient, NFP: $15,000
  • The Community House: $15,000
  • Turning Pointe Autism Foundation: $7,693
  • Your Children's Bookshelf: $8,000

Total Arts & Culture Grants (9): $109,500

  • b.unity: $12,500
  • BrightSide Theatre: $20,000
  • Buffalo Theatre Ensemble: $20,000
  • DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation: $2,500
  • DuPage Symphony Orchestra: $15,000
  • Elmhurst Art Museum: $20,000
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra: $2,500
  • Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale: $3,000
  • Immigrant Solidarity DuPage: $14,000

Total Environment Grants (3): $45,000

  • Morton Arboretum: $15,000
  • SCARCE: $25,000
  • Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America: $5,000

Total Animal Welfare Grants (3): $29,000

  • Feral Fixers: $7,000
  • Fetching Tails Foundation: $12,000
  • West Suburban Humane Society: $10,000


See project descriptions for each of the grantees here.

The spring cycle of Community Needs will award grants to organizations working in health & human services with applications due on March 4, 2022. For more information, please visit

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