The DuPage Foundation announced the first round of grant recipients from its COVID-19 Response Fund this week. Grants totaling $300,000 were awarded to 21 DuPage County not-for-profits including Almost Home Kids, who received $10,000 in the Access to Healthcare category. The funds come at a crucial time for AHK as we provide exceptional care for children with medical complexities and provide a bridge from hospital to home during this unprecedented time.

The funds will be used for emergency nursing services as well as medical supplies and personal protective equipment. 

“In reviewing the grant applications, the needs are incredible,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation Vice President for Programs. “There are so many people whose lives have been turned upside down as a result of this pandemic and our local not-for-profits are doing yeoman’s work to support them. To date we have received 69 applications totaling more than $1.3 million, which really reflects the need in our community. The Foundation will continue to do our part by securing financial resources and deploying them to the organizations that are directly assisting our DuPage neighbors.”

“This emergency funding comes at a critical time,” said Kara Murphy, executive director of DuPage Health Coalition. “The DuPage Foundation’s ability to respond so quickly in this crisis is precisely what makes community foundations so special, a vital link in our local safety net. We will use these funds to help people get the healthcare they need right away.”

To date the Foundation has raised more than $625,000 for its COVID-19 Response Fund thanks to the support of generous lead partners including the Birck Family of Hinsdale and Naperville, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, two area private foundations wishing to remain anonymous, and grants from the Gustafson Family Foundation and Snodgrass Family Funds of the DuPage Foundation, along with scores of contributions from other individuals, businesses, and foundations.

About the DuPage Foundation
The DuPage Foundation is DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, the Foundation serves our community by helping area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, providing impactful support to our community’s not-for-profits, and fostering key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation receives contributions and bequests from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations looking to make a difference for our community and the causes about which they are most passionate. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to more than $95 million in assets and awarded more than $45 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.

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