Social Service Funding Information

About Our Funding Opportunities

Each year the City of Des Plaines contributes funding to local non-profits to address critical social needs among Des Plaines residents. Currently, the City of Des Plaines is preparing recommendations for funding requests from various social service agencies for the City's 2017 Budget. The City of Des Plaines annually allocates funds from the City’s General Fund to address the critical social service needs of residents. Examples of services eligible for funding may include programs that provide:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Subsidized child care
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Services for individuals who are seniors or disabled
  • Alcohol/drug abuse treatment services
  • Domestic violence services
  • Assistance for low to moderate income residents

Information For Applicants

Please review the application carefully. Applicants may print the application before submitting it. Submit requested documentation in a separate e-mail or fax as indicated on the application. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact the Health and Human Services Division at 847.391.5480 or

The projected timeline for the 2017 Social Service Funding process is as follows:
February 6, 2017

Applications are available.

March 6, 2017
Completed applications and requested documentation must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. to Health and Human Services.
March 29 - April 19, 2017
Social Services reviews 30-minute presentations.
Recommendations regarding funding will be forwarded to the City Council.

2016 Social Service Funding Recipients:

In 2016, the City Council approved funding for twenty-nine agencies. Their services range from affordable daycare, community meals, domestic violence services to senior services and much more. Please contact the Health & Human Services Division for further information at 847.391.5480 or

Avenues to Independence provides job placement and vocational training, as well as, residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Awarded: $1,000. 

Bessie’s Table provides a free dinner and conversation to families and individuals on Monday nights at First United Methodist Church. Awarded: $2,000.

Catholic Charities provides “Our Nourish Your Neighbor” program that consists of their Food Pantry and the twice-weekly Supper Program. Clients can visit the Food Pantry once a month and get a four-day supply of food, which can include canned/dry goods, meat, produce and dairy products. The Supper Program provides a hot, nutritious dinner on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Awarded $1,500.

Children’s Advocacy Center of Northwest Cook County provides support/case management to child victims of severe sexual/physical abuse and their families.  Awarded: $2,750.

Connections for the Homeless provides housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Awarded: $3,500

Des Plaines Community Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization that raises funds for the work of the Health Community Partnership. These funds will assist the Foundation to provide snow removal for seniors and home repairs for those in need. The Foundation is always seeking Des Plaines volunteers! Please contact 888.646.8898 to find out how you can give back to your community! Awarded: $3,000. 

Feed My Sheep Des Plaines, Inc. provides a community meal each Wednesday night at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Awarded: $1,500.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago provides volunteers for special events and community programs, such as the annual Community Paint-a-thon. Awarded $500.

JOURNEYS | The Road Home provides temporary shelter through 13 churches in the near Northwest suburbs, seven nights a week from October 1 through April 30.  The HOPE Center in Palatine provides support services to the homeless and “at-risk” individuals and families. Awarded: $4,500.

Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN) provides crisis intervention and case management services for domestic violence victims in the Asian immigrant community. The 24-hour confidential hotline is 773.583.0880. Awarded: $1,000.

Life Span provides comprehensive domestic violence services, which includes both legal and counseling services for victims and their children. The After-hours crisis line is 847.532.9540. Awarded: $1,700. 

Maine Niles Association of Special Recreation provides therapeutic recreation options for residents with cognitive and physical disabilities.  Funded request to support transportation.  Awarded: $600.

Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation’s mission is to increase overall community capacity for advocacy, education, guidance and resources for families in order to promote alcohol free and drug free youth. Awarded: $600.

Maryville Academy: The Jen School is a special education school for underserved adolescent boys with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities who have been unable to succeed in regular schools and non-special education programs. Funding supports the job skills training program. Awarded: $500.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a non-profit organization of concerned families and friends dedicated to the welfare of persons with serious mental illness. NAMI will use funding to support family classes, peer support and public education programming. Awarded: $2,500.

North Shore Senior Center provides senior services to Des Plaines residents, aged 60 and older, who reside in Maine Township. Awarded: $9,000.

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault provides sexual assault services, which includes crisis intervention, 24-hour hotline, follow-up and recovery services to victims or survivors of sexual abuse and community education. The 24-hour confidential hotline is 888.802.8890. Awarded: $2,750.

Northwest Compass provides relief to caregivers of veterans, active duty military service members thereby reducing stress and otherwise improving the quality of life for the entire family unit Awarded: $2,000. 

Northwest Suburban Day Care Center offers a sliding scale fee in order to meet the community’s need for affordable day care for children 15 months through the age of 5. Awarded: $10,000.

Open Communities (NEW provides housing counseling for tenant/landlord issues as well as mediation for homeowners and mortgage lenders. Awarded: $1,000.

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care provides assistance to terminally ill patients and their families. Funding supports the Good Mourning Program, one of Rainbow’s community bereavement services, and serves children (and their parents/guardians) who have lost a parent or other significant adult due to illness, accident, or even violent deaths. Awarded: $1,000. 

Self-Help Food Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines distributes food and clothing to those with low incomes living within the Des Plaines community. Awarded: $12,000.

Shelter, Inc. provides emergency and temporary housing for the abused, neglected or in need of supervision, minors from birth through 17 years of age. Awarded: $2,000.

Suburban Primary Health Care Council: Access to Care enables medically indigent residents of suburban Cook County to receive primary health services. Awarded: $2,100. 

The Bridge Youth and Family Services facilitates a crisis intervention program, which provides services to Des Plaines youth that reside in Maine Township who are runaway, locked-out, suicidal or homeless and need immediate intervention. The crisis intervention hotline is 847.359.7940. Awarded: $2,000.

The Center of Concern provides programs and services for adults of all ages with a focus on the frail elderly, the disabled and the homeless. Awarded: $11,000.

The Harbour, Inc. provides programs that serve homeless females ages 12-21 who have been abused, neglected, are runaways and/or homeless through an emergency shelter, transitional living program and an independent living program. Awarded: $1,200.

The Salvation Army: Community Counseling Center provides comprehensive casework and bi-lingual (English/Spanish) counseling service in individual, marital, and family counseling regardless of their ability to pay. Awarded: $4,800.

The Salvation Army: The Des Plaines Corps Jobs and Street Outreach Programs provides assistance to those who are having difficulties securing employment as well as supporting homeless individuals. Awarded: $2,000.