Our 2024 proposal deadlines are Friday, March 29 (Spring Cycle) and Friday, July 26 (Fall Cycle). Applications for the Spring Cycle are now open.

Supporting land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

We seek to sustain and build resilient, vital, engaged, and equitable communities in our two regions by supporting conservation, arts, and collecting organizations.

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Cash Reserve Grants Support Chicago Small Arts Stability and Sustainability

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation expands commitment to Chicago’s small arts organizations by offering grants to establish or expand critical cash reserves, increasing the sector’s financial stability and sustainability   Foundation has provided $550,000 in cash reserves funding to 27 small arts organizations in the…

Getting to Know… Chicago Land Conservation

Discover more about our Chicago Land Conservation program and how we support natural and working lands protection. Photo: Midewin Tallgrass Prairie is home to the largest prairie restoration project east of the Mississippi. Our 5 Questions Getting to Know Series asks our program officers to…

Getting to Know… Chicago Artistic Vitality

Discover more about our Chicago Artistic Vitality program and how we support neighborhood small arts organizations that are the spark for Chicago’s artistic innovation. Photo: Chicago Dance Crash is one of the premier hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the Midwest. Photo courtesy of Mark Hackman….

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