“Community Needs grants support not-for-profits whose programs are improving the quality of life for DuPage County residents,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. “We’re proud to be providing financial support to so many vital area organizations during this unprecedented time of crisis as they work to help our community’s most vulnerable residents.”
The following organizations were selected to receive funding totaling $505,483 through the Foundation’s spring Community Needs cycle:
“This grant is an integral part of our planning for services in the coming year and is needed more than ever before due to the pandemic,” said John Tartaglione, president of Care for Cars, regarding the Community Needs grant his organization received. “Our clients are often those frontline essential workers who are cited so often in the news and are our unsung heroes. This funding will enable them to have one less worry in their lives because they'll be able to continue getting to their jobs in healthcare, grocery stores, and other essential services.”
“I’m inspired by the generosity of our donors,” said Szczepaniak. “During a time when the needs are huge and the requests they’re receiving are plentiful, donors stepped up and supplemented our Community Needs budget with an additional $134,483 in support.”
In addition to this most recent spring grant cycle, the Foundationn in December awarded more than $300,000 to 31 organizations working in the areas of education,arts and culture, the environment, and animal welfare as part of its fall Community Needs grant cycle.
It also recently deployed $500,000 in grants to support 36 DuPage County not-for-profits providing food and emergency assistance, housing, mental health services, access to healthcare, and other support for DuPage residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See all COVID-19 grantees and learn more about our COVID-19 Response Fund here.