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DuPage Community Transformation Partnership announces grants to support DuPage social service organizations

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Above / SamaraCare in Naperville is among 17 social service agencies recognized to receive a grant from the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership. (PN File Photo)

On Tues., Oct. 11, the DuPage County Board and DuPage Foundation awarded $3,849,374 in Transformational grants to 17 social service nonprofit organizations.  This marks the second set of grants distributed by the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership (DCTP), established by the Board and Foundation in January 2022.  

The organizations selected for grants serve DuPage County residents in the areas of food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance use disorder. 

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The following organizations were selected to receive funding:

  • Access Community Health Network: $300,000
  • B.R. Ryall YMCA: $253,000
  • Bridge Communities, Inc.: $200,400
  • Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center: $100,000
  • Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.: $350,000
  • KidsMatter: $200,000
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront: $82,710
  • Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services: $500,000
  • Ray Graham Association: $86,940
  • SamaraCare: $302,704
  • Senior Home Sharing, Inc.: $100,000
  • Teen Parent Connection: $257,500
  • The Community House: $250,000
  • Tri-Town YMCA: $335,000
  • Wayne Township Pantry & Senior Services, NFP: $25,500
  • West Suburban Community Pantry: $235,620
  • World Relief Chicagoland: $270,000

The DCTP Transformational grants are intended to support evidence-based programs focused on long-term solutions to build capacity, improve efficiency and ensure that selected programs efficiently support DuPage County residents.  The overall goal is to eliminate food insecurity, promote housing stability, and provide effective mental health and substance use disorder treatment or prevention programs. Applicants applied for a one or two-year grant. A second Transformational grant opportunity will be offered in 2024. 

“The DuPage County Board and I welcomed the opportunity to announce these grants at our regular County Board meeting to underscore our commitment to creating long-term impact, helping our residents struggling in the aftermath of the pandemic.  These grants are aimed at programs which provide measurable solutions that lift people up, paving a path to stability and changing lives,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.

“DuPage Foundation is pleased to work with the DuPage County Board to use our understanding of County needs and our experience working with the local not-for-profit organizations to effect lasting transformational change for residents who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We’re pleased that these grants lay the groundwork to reshape how we deliver critical services to those most in need in our community,” said DuPage Foundation President and CEO Dave McGowan.

Brief History / Federal funds from American Rescue Plan Act support DCTP grant program

In January 2022, the DuPage County Board executed an agreement to allocate federal funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to DuPage Foundation for the grant program. Through 2026, the DCTP Fund will award $10 million in grants to address immediate and long-term needs in the community in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

In February, the DCTP formed a committee comprised of Foundation and County staff, Board members and volunteers to design the grant program and review applications.

In June, the DCTP Fund awarded more than $1 million in Immediate Intervention grants to 16 social service nonprofit organizations providing immediate relief to DuPage residents in need.

For more information, visit dupagefoundation.org/DCTP.

Report submitted by Evan Shields, Public Information Officer, DuPage County Board.

 

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