Through the Community Needs Grant Program, the DuPage Foundation supports programs and projects that impact, improve, enhance and enrich the quality of life for DuPage County residents.
- Health & Human Services – Primarily supports programs that align with the current Impact DuPage health and human needs priorities: affordable housing, behavioral health and health status improvement.
- 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.
Applicants may apply for a Community Needs grant by submitting one of the following applications:
- Community Needs Grant Application – for requests up to $25,000
- Community Needs Mini-Grant Application – for requests up to $2,500
Applications to the DuPage Foundation 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 generally award grants to organizations which have operated as a 501(c)(3) for less than three years.)
- Primarily serve DuPage County residents
The Foundation does not award grants from the Community Needs Grant Program to:
- Organizations that have received grants from unrestricted or field-of-interest funds through the Community Needs Grant Program for the past three consecutive years
- Organizations for religious activities (Secular activities provided by religious organizations may be eligible for grant funds.)
- 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
For more information, visit DuPage Foundation.
For more information, visit https://dupagefoundation.org/grants/community-needs.html