Cook County Awards $1.4 Million in Honor Grants to Nonprofits Serving Veterans

18 nonprofits awarded funding to help expand existing programming for veterans and their families

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle awarded $1.4 million in Honor Grants, a program spearheaded by the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs (CCVA), to expand programming offered by nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran community and their families.

“Supporting nonprofits doing the heavy lifting to assist our veteran community is essential,” said President Preckwinkle. “Honor Grants will help alleviate the financial burden for nonprofits while expanding much needed services and resources they offer our veterans. This programming is a crucial component in creating a better quality of life for those who have served.”

The list of nonprofit organizations receiving funding are below.

Organizations receiving $100,000 awards:

  • A Safe Haven Foundation
  • Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311
  • Chicago Lighthouse
  • Featherfist, Inc.
  • Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network
  • Leave No Veteran Behind
  • New Pisgah Community Service Organization
  • Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
  • The Village Legal and Community Project
  • Volunteers of America of Illinois, Inc.

Organizations receiving $50,000 awards:

  • Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute
  • Dion's Chicago Dream
  • Illinois Joining Forces Foundation
  • IMD Guest House Foundation Road Home
  • Merging Vets and Players
  • Military Outreach USA
  • Northwest Compass, Inc.
  • The Inner Voice, Inc.

An additional $80,000 in Honor Grants funding will be announced in spring 2023.

Honor Grants assist nonprofit organizations that have existing programs for veterans and their families that provide resources and services to address mental health, education and job placement, home and food security in addition to making benefits more accessible.

The County is funding the Honor Grants program through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). CCVA was allotted nearly $5 million in ARPA funding to support programs that assist veterans and their families. 

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