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DuPage Foundation Grants $678,380 to 37 Not-for-Profit Organizations

As part of its Community Needs Grant Program (Community Needs), DuPage Foundation granted $678,380 to 37 not-for-profit organizations providing essential health and human services to residents across DuPage County. 

The following organizations received a Community Needs grant: 

• Bridge Communities, Inc.: $25,000
• CASA of DuPage County, Inc.: $20,000
• Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet: $25,000
• Center for Advancing Domestic Peace: $2,500
• Chicago Dental Society Foundation: $20,000
• DayOne PACT: $23,000
• Donka, Inc.: $10,000
• DuPagePads: $25,000
• Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley: $25,000
• Evangelical Child & Family Agency: $7,500
• Family Focus: $15,000
• HCS Family Services: $8,155
• Hope's Front Door: $2,500
• Little Friends, Inc.: $11,225
• Loaves & Fishes Community Services: $24,500
• LOVE Christian Clearinghouse: $10,000
• Mayslake Village: $5,000
• NAMI DuPage: $25,000
• Neighborhood Food Pantries: $25,000
• Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services: $25,000
• Northern Illinois Food Bank: $25,000
• Outreach Community Ministries: $25,000
• Path To Recovery Foundation: $10,000
• People's Resource Center: $26,000
• Poised For Success: $2,500
• Ray Graham Association: $25,000
• SamaraCare: $25,000
• Sharing Connections: $25,000
• Spectrios Institute for Low Vision: $15,000
• Teen Parent Connection: $20,000
• The Community House: $25,000
• The Outreach House: $14,000
• Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois: $23,500
• Warm Coats for Cool Kids: $13,000
• West Suburban Community Pantry: $25,000
• Youth Outlook: $20,000
• YWCA Metropolitan Chicago: $25,000

See project descriptions for each of the grantees here

Applications for DuPage Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program are accepted twice per year and are reviewed by the Foundation’s volunteer Grant Committee.

“This cycle of Community Needs awarded grants for programs focused on improving behavioral and mental health, food pantry capacity and support for children and people with disabilities,” said Megan Shebik, chair of the Grant Committee. “We also recommended grants for emergency assistance, as the effects of COVID-19 continue to interrupt daily life and operations for many organizations seeking to help our residents.” 

Additional donations from DuPage Foundation’s donors and donor-advisors increased the spring 2022 Community Needs grant budget by 26 percent.

“Our not-for-profit partners have seen increased demand for their services for more than two years, and are still facing situations exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. “We are grateful to the donors and donor-advisors who make it possible for the Foundation to go the extra mile when it comes to Community Needs. Thanks to their generosity, we can award more grants and increase our reach throughout the community.”

The fall cycle of Community Needs supports programs that improve and enrich the quality of life for DuPage County residents in the areas of education, arts & culture, environment, and animal welfare. For grant guidelines and more information, please visit

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