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Community Needs Grant

Grants to DuPage County, Illinois Nonprofits for Arts,
Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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DuPage Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/02/18 5:00 PM - Health and Human Services applications only


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Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $20,000 to DuPage County, Illinois nonprofit organizations for projects in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Funding Source to determine eligibility before beginning the application process. DuPage Foundation supports programs and projects which impact, improve, enhance and enrich the quality of life for DuPage County residents.

Funding Area Details:

Health and Human Services: Supports a wide range of programs that improve the quality of life of DuPage County residents in need by:
- Strengthening, assisting and advocating for at-risk and low-income populations and providing basic human needs to children, youth, adults, and senior citizens, and/or
- Promoting physical and mental health

Arts and Culture: Supports programs that provide opportunities for participation, education, awareness, and appreciation for the arts and cultural heritage.

Education: Supports community education programs (outside of school pre-k through 12th grades) to enhance and promote learning from early childhood to adulthood.

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.

In the health and human services, arts and culture, and education categories, importance will be placed on organizations which deliver effective existing programs to assist underserved populations, offer new approaches to solving problems, or create opportunities for organizations to collaborate.

In the environment category, importance will be placed on organizations that effectively address current and future environmental needs/issues in DuPage County through improvement of existing or development of new programs, educational outreach, and collaborative efforts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168578

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Needs Mini-Grant - Up to $2,500
Community Needs Grant - Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications to the Community Needs Grant Program will be accepted from not-for-profit charitable organizations that:

- Are public charities classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Please note that the Foundation does not award grants to organizations which have operated as a 501(c)(3) for less than three years)

- Primarily serve DuPage County residents

Previous grantees must have complied with all reporting requirements and be in good standing before submitting another grant request.

Not funded:

- Organizations which have received grants through the Community Needs or General Grant Program for the past three consecutive years
- Organizations which have operated as a 501(c)(3) for less than three years
- Individuals
- Support religious activities (secular activities provided by religious organizations may be eligible for grant funds)
- Endowments
- Disease-specific organizations
- Private foundations and private operating foundations
- Hospitals, including supporting foundations
- Historical societies and foundations for projects that do not have a broad reach beyond a specific community
- Food pantries for the purchase of food (equipment and other programs provided by food pantries are eligible for grant funds)
- Governmental agencies, including supporting foundations
- Public, parochial, private or charter schools (pre-k through 12th grade), including supporting foundations

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to call or email the contact to determine eligibility before beginning the application process. Only one application per organization may be submitted within any calendar year.


2017 Fall Cycle: Arts and Culture, Education, and Environment
Friday, September 1, 2017

2018 Spring Cycle: Health and Human Services
Friday, March 2, 2018

Please note: Regular and mini-grant applications have the same deadlines.

All applicants will be notified via email whether or not a grant has been awarded. Notification will be sent out mid-May for Health and Human Services grant requests and mid-November for Arts and Culture, Education, and Environment grant requests.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions and to discuss eligibility, please contact Barb Szczepaniak, Vice President for Programs, at (630) 598-5280 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: DuPage County