Will County 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Assistance Program

Many non-profits have experienced significant impact due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Will County recognizes that non-profits have been impacted in many ways, including the need to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their employees, clients, and members. 

Will County is providing eligible non-profits with grants up to $2,000 to pay for PPE and other COVID-19 related needs through a simple application process. 


A training webinar that covers the program’s eligibility criteria and the application process was held on October 16. A recording of the webinar and the training presentation is available for reference at the links below. 

Download the October 16 training webinar slides

Watch the October 16 training webinar 

Eligibility Criteria

Only non-profits that meet these criteria are eligible to receive funding:



Currently designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit

The entity must be currently designated 501 (c) (3).  Proof of designation is required.

Located in Will County

Physical location (e.g., office, storefront) must be in Will County, IL (not a P.O. box)

Public Space

The non-profit’s physical location must be accessible to either the general public, staff, or members.

Increased Costs or Decreased Revenue due to COVID-19

Non-profits must certify they had increased costs or decreased revenues due to COVID-19 that were not covered by other grant programs.

In good standing

Must be in good standing and not in default with the State of Illinois, Will County, and the IRS

Existing Non-Profit

Must have been operational and located in Will County since at least February 15, 2020 or earlier.

Non-Profits that meet the eligibility criteria listed are encouraged to apply.

This application is now closed.

This application is now closed. Thank you for applying. If you have submitted an application to the program your application is under review. If you have questions regarding your application please email caresnfp@willcountyillinois.com.


Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

This is not an expense reimbursement program. However, these funds are intended to be used for operating expenses such as personal protective equipment (PPE), utilities, rent, mortgage, technology, and other expenses due to disruptions from complying with public health orders related to COVID-19.


  • Purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies
  • Physical building adaptation/barriers
  • Payroll costs for employees
  • Rent or lease payments
  • Mortgage or loan payments
  • Utility payments
  • Supplier payments
  • Contract labor to implement public health measures
  • Rent, lease, or purchase payments for business equipment implement public health measures
  • Purchase Technology/Applications to minimize employee and customer contact
  • Other measures to implement social distancing
  • Replace perishable inventory that was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Funds may not be used for severance pay, workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime, property taxes, other taxes/fees/payments due to your municipality or Will County, legal settlements, or expenditures that will be reimbursed through another assistance program.

More Information

For more information or if you have questions, please email caresnfp@willcountyillinois.com

Reopening Guidelines and Checklists

To assist entities in implementing new safety guidelines and reopen safely, the State of Illinois has developed toolkits to provide guidance on the latest public health recommendations.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response