Kendall County Office Building on W. Fox St. (File photo)

The Kendall County Board on Tuesday gave approval to launch a grant program to help local nonprofit groups that have taken a financial hit because of the pandemic.

Nonprofits will be able to begin the process of applying for a grant from the county beginning Wednesday on the county's website. County Board Chairman Scott Gryder says the grants are capped at $25,000.

The county board has set aside $2-million for the grants. Board member Matthew Kellogg says this will be the first of two rounds of grants being offered by the county.

Applications will be reviewed by county staff and administration before going before a county board committee and ultimately the full county board. County Administrator Scott Koeppel says the full board will decide on each application.

The county is set to receive a total of $25 million in American Rescue Plan funds. The county board has also approved use of the funds for new hires in the State's Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, and the Kendall County Forest Preserve District.