Learn About Our Education and Assistance Programs
Community Action Partnership of Lake County serves Lake County, Illinois with programs that help local families find self-sufficiency.
Learn more about how our programs that help individuals and families in need.
Post-Secondary scholarships are available for eligible students attending an accredited Illinois vocational school, community college
or four-year college/university.
You are eligible to apply for the 2021 CSBG Scholarship if you meet the following requirements:
- EconomicOpportunityApplicant must be at least a high school senior and enrolled or planning to attend an Illinois accredited higher educational institution or occupational training.
- Must be income eligible.
- Must be residing in Lake County.
- Must acquire a letter of recommendation from someone within the community.
- Must submit a 500-wordessay, typed and double-spaced, which includes the applicant’s most important life experience; what receiving this scholarship would mean, what community action means to the applicant, and what contribution applicant intends to make to the community.
- Attach a photo of yourself for publication in the Agency Newsletter.
Rental and Mortgage Payment Assistance are offered to eligible tenants and homeowners facing a financial crisis. Tenants living in
subsidized housing or with a Section-8 voucher may not be eligible.
Temporary shelter for up to 5 days may be provided until stable housing is available.
Prescription Eyeglasses are one of the eligible assistance categories that we offer. Your case manager will complete a needs
assessment with you during your appointment.
Water/Sewer bill payment assistance is available for tenants and homeowners until funding is exhausted.
Food Pantry is available to individuals and families with a food crisis. You may access the food pantry no more than once per month.
Call for an Assessment of Which Assistance Programs May be Available for You.
Funded by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
Home Energy Bill Payment Assistance.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) opened Monday, July 27,
2020 and will run through May 31, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted. Income eligible Lake County residents may apply for
grant assistance to help pay for home energy bills. This program year the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines have been raised to
serve those families in higher income brackets.
CAPOLC also administers weatherization programs to make homes more energy efficient. Weatherization insulates attics and walls
and ensures that heating systems are in good working order.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19 all Community Action Partnership of Lake County Offices and Outreach sites will
remain closed to person-to-person service.
Applications for assistance will be taken via telephone only. Documents can be submitted using internet, US mail and at
box boxes throughout the County.
To apply for assistance please call the Community Action Partnership at
847-249-4330 to schedule an appointment.
If your household is LIHEAP eligible and your heating system is inoperable or determined to be unsafe by the fuel vendor, Furnace Assistance may be available. Call 847-249-4330 for an appointment.
Home Weatherization Assistance
The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) makes homes of low-income families more energy efficient by reducing the amount of energy it takes to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer. An extensive array of conservation actions and improvements are funded through the program.
The first step of the process is an energy audit that will be performed. The results of the audit will be used to determine the types of improvements that will be made to the home. Updates to the residence include attic and wall insulation, air sealing, window and door weatherization, and furnace repair and replacement. The work will be completed by local contractors or work crews that are specifically trained to install weatherization measures, and an inspection will be done upon completion.
Due to social distancing mandates, applications for Emergency Furnace, and Home Weatherization Assistance are not available until further notice.
Through this program, we offer safe and affordable housing for rent and first-time homeownership. CAPOLC also operates affordable housing to help veterans. CAPOLC owns 37 affordable rental housing units, a 14-unit apartment complex in Antioch, and four lease-to-own single-family houses in Lake County, Illinois.