2021 DuPage County HOPE Taskforce Funding Opportunity

The DuPage County HOPE Taskforce is pleased to announce another funding opportunity to address the opioid crisis in DuPage County. Areas of interest for this funding cycle include overdose response and prevention (including harm reduction), treatment, and recovery. The HOPE Taskforce particularly seeks innovative, community-based proposals which are sustainable.

The online submission form can be found below. The submission of an application does not guarantee funds will be made available. The total funding available is $125,000. Grant applications must be between $25,000 and $50,000.

Eligible Applicants

  • Local units of government (ex. Municipalities, townships, police, fire, libraries)
  • Federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations
  • Substance use disorder treatment providers licensed by Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR)

Project Guidelines

  • Proposed projects should address at least one of the following HOPE Taskforce Framework areas:
    • Overdose Response and Prevention, including harm reduction programs
    • Treatment & Recovery
  • The proposed project must serve primarily DuPage County residents.
  • Projects focused on treatment and recovery must accept Medicaid and/or individuals who are uninsured.
  • Applications proposing innovative strategies are desired. However, projects involving clinical care must use evidence-based treatment practices.
  • The proposal must be for a new project or expansion of an existing project.
  • Any organization funded by the HOPE Taskforce will be required to submit a progress report and a final report at dates to be determined.
  • Project period duration of up to 12 months between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Application Components

Budget Guidelines

  • A detailed budget, using the provided template, must be submitted with the application.
  • The following costs are NOT eligible:
    • Treatment scholarships or clinical care for individuals (Note: costs to support staff providing clinical services is allowable.)
    • Select harm reduction supplies (e.g., needles are not an eligible cost, but fentanyl test strips and naloxone are eligible.) If you have questions about whether a cost is eligible, please contact us.
    • Conference-related expenses
    • Sub-grants: The applicant organization must conduct programmatic activities and may not pass-through funds to another organization.
    • Indirect costs (including existing overhead costs such as rent/mortgage, utilities, etc.)


Applications must be submitted via the online application and are due no later than 12:00pm noon CT on Friday, May 21, 2021

The contact person listed on the application will receive an email confirming receipt of the application within 1 business day of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Sarah Troll at Sarah.Troll@dupagehealth.org.

Review Process

  • Evaluation of proposals will be conducted by members of the HOPE Taskforce and DuPage County Health Department staff.
  • The HOPE Taskforce will review recommendations on funding at the June 2021 meeting.
  • Notification of award is anticipated in June 2021.

Technical Assistance and Questions

  • Subscribe to receive updates regarding this funding opportunity, including notification of any posted FAQs.
  • A webinar providing general grant-writing technical assistance will be held on May 10, 2021. The webinar is not mandatory. Register here.
  • Applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for feedback prior to submission. Feedback is provided by a team member who does not score final applications. Participation in this optional review is not a guarantee of funding.
  • Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to Sarah.Troll@dupagehealth.org. To ensure adequate time for feedback, please send any questions about the application process as well as any application drafts you would like reviewed by Tuesday, May 18, 2021.