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Building Opportunities to Transform Communities

Our Mission: Tri-County Opportunities Council will investigate the impact of poverty throughout our nine county service area and will work, in partnership with individuals, families and communities to provide opportunities that support movement toward stability and self-sufficiency.
Our Programs

How We Can Help

Tri-County Opportunities Council serves nine counties in northwest Illinois: Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside. Tap or click on the program names below for more information on each, along with related applications and eligibility guidelines.

Community Services Block Grant

Funding to reduce poverty, revitalize income-eligible communities and to empower income-eligible families to become self-sufficient.

Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children or in small groups in classroom settings assisting with academics, social skills or other special needs.

Early Head Start

A comprehensive child and family development program to promote self-esteem, self-confidence, and school readiness for children ages 0-3.

Head Start

A comprehensive child and family development program to promote self-esteem, self-confidence, and school readiness for children ages 3-5.

Housing Programs

Assistance for individuals and families who are homeless, facing eviction or behind on payments, and assistance for income-eligible households living in participating properties.


Help for eligible income-eligible households to pay for the rising cost of winter energy services.

Scholarship Program

Scholarships for applicants wishing to pursue high-demand careers.


Concentrates on weatherizing homes to make them safe by inspecting, cleaning and/or repairing the heating system, and to reduce the amount of fuel it takes to heat the home comfortably.

Investigating the Impact of Poverty

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Community Action Agency, was organized and incorporated in 1965 by a group of interested citizens from Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties for the purposes of investigating the frequency, location, character and cause of poverty; and coordinating efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations, business, industry and interested individuals.

Current News & Information

Board members sought

Interested in becoming a board member for Tri-County Opportunities Council? Visit our Board of Directors page for more information on what the position entails.

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Rental Housing Support Program

Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Rental Housing Support Program is now accepting names for its waiting list. The program provides affordable housing to individuals and families with

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CSBG COVID-19 programs

The Community Services Block Grant has a number of COVID-19 programs available. See below for details. Program guidelines limit CSBG eligibility to individuals and families

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