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Family Support and Community Engagement


We are excited to announce the launch of the 2024 CSBG Scholarship Program! Created to empower exceptional students in achieving their academic and career ambitions, this initiative embodies our commitment to fostering excellence, leadership, and community engagement.

Open to all eligible students residing in Suburban Cook County, this scholarship program embodies CEDA’s dedication to nurturing diverse talent and fostering inclusive environments within our industries.

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2024 Summer camp / after-school financial assistance returns

We understand that summer camps can be expensive, and we at CEDA want to ensure that all families have the opportunity to provide their children with this wonderful experience. That’s why we’re offering financial assistance to eligible families who reside in Suburban Cook County and are looking to register their children for summer camp programs or after-school activities in their communities.

Learn more HERE!

What is it?


FsACE is a “case management” program that looks at your needs and builds you a path toward self-sufficiency.

How does it help?

  • DENTAL AND VISION services, like dental exams, eye exams, and glasses.
  • TRANSPORTATION HELP with car repairs, bus cards, and gas cards
  • SCHOLARSHIPS for post-secondary education available starting 9/15/2023.
  • JOB PREP & COUNSELING including vocational training and job placement.
  • FRESH PRODUCE and nutrition education.
  • ADDITIONAL FUNDS for your unique needs, like beds, replacement IDs, GED fees, and beyond. 

Do I qualify?

To qualify for all FsACE services, you must live in suburban Cook County and meet the NEW, EXPANDED income guidelines. 

Gross Income Guidelines
Household Size 30-Day Annual
1 $2,430 $29,160
2 $3,407 $40,880
3 $4,303 $51,640
4 $5,200 $62,400
5 $6,097 $73,160
6 $6,993 $83,820
7 $7,890 $94,680
8 $8,787 $105,440

To qualify for Employment Barrier Reduction Program benefits, you need to be employed, seeking employment, or enrolled in an employment/vocational training program and:

  • Get SNAP benefits or part of an active SNAP household
  • Were removed from SNAP due to benefit time limits within the past 9 months and
    are an able-bodied adult without dependents

You may be eligible for other programs

Please review our “Find Services” page to learn more.