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DuPage Community Foundation awards nearly $300,000 in grants

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 8:41 a.m. CDT

WHEATON – DuPage Pads, Family Shelter Service, the People's Resource Center and the DuPage Senior Citizens Council are just a few of the 25 DuPage County not-for-profit agencies that were at the receiving end of nearly $300,000 in grants awarded in June.

The DuPage Community Foundation gave out the $298,000 to various health and human resource organizations in the area. According to the foundation's website, the organization tries to foster philanthropy through connecting donors to organizations in arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services.

"Overall, we're trying to improve the quality of life in DuPage County," Director of Programs Barb Szczepaniak said.

Grants ranged from $2,500 to $20,000, including large sums distributed to Access DuPage, Bridge Communities and the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton.

More than 70 services applied for this cycle's health and human services grants, Szczepaniak said, so the decision process was challenging.

"They're all doing great things, but we had to try to decide which ones will have the most impact in the community," she said. "There's only so much money to give out."

Szczepaniak said that the next cycle will focus on the other areas and the deadline for applications will be September 6. To learn more about the DuPage Community Foundation or its partners, visit http://www.dcfdn.org/.

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