Where We Work
We offer grants to support increased public access to collections that illuminate the unique culture, history and heritage of the Chicago region or the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We have particular interest in at-risk collections, creative interpretation of collections, and helping organizations expand support for digitization efforts.
Chicago Region Artistic Vitality
We support over 150 small, professional arts organizations of all disciplines. We provide general operations grants and an array of other kinds of support to help our arts partners sustain their artistry and strengthen their operations. We call this Gen Ops Plus.
Chicago Region Land Conservation
We offer general operating and project-specific grants that lead to landscape-scale land preservation and stewardship. We support efforts throughout the Chicago region with a current focus on five priority landscapes: Calumet, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Grand Kankakee, Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. We also encourage and participate in strategic land conservation partnerships.
Lowcountry Artistic Vitality
We support an eclectic mix of arts groups that reflect the vitality and diversity of the Lowcountry. We typically provide general operating grants, though we may provide grants to help arts organizations undertake strategic projects to increase their operational capacities.
Lowcountry Land Conservation
We offer general operating and project-specific grants that lead to landscape-scale land preservation and stewardship. We support efforts throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina with an emphasis on five focus areas: ACE Basin, Charleston Greenbelt, Sewee to Santee, South Lowcountry, and Winyah Bay. Together, these areas span the entire coast. We also encourage and participate in strategic land conservation partnerships.