For Grantees

Information and resources for current grantees, including reporting, application links, additional technical assistance resources, and more!

Reporting & Other Requirements

All grant requirements and due dates are listed in your grant award letter (sent via email) and forms are posted to your online account 6 weeks in advance, with email reminders sent to the main contacts for the account and the grant.

All grantees are required to sign a grant conditions form to receive any grant payments, as well as submit annual narrative grant reports. There may be additional grant or payment requirements noted in your award letter. Final reports are due a few months before the end of the grant period, to coincide with the proposal deadline, so they can be reviewed concurrently.

To Start a Grant Proposal

Artistic Vitality Grantees

When submitting an application for renewed general operations, you should also complete the final report in your online account, due at the same time so they can be reviewed concurrently.

Land Conservation Grantees

When submitting an application for renewed general operations or for a repeat project, you should also complete the final report in your online account, due at the same time so they can be reviewed concurrently.

If applying for a new project, please call first.

Collections Grantees

Please contact the GDDF office in your region before starting a collections application.

Proposal Deadlines

Your complete proposal must be submitted online by 11:59pm Central Time on

  • March 27, 2020 for review at our July 2020 board meeting
  • July 31, 2020 for review at our November 2020 board meeting

After the board meeting, you’ll hear from us by email within a couple weeks.

More Opportunities

Technical Assistance Grants

CHICAGO REGION ARTISTIC VITALITY grantees are eligible for TAGs, an additional $500 per calendar year for classes, workshops, etc., that help them address specific organizational needs, such as QuickBooks or board development.

  • Once you’ve identified a class or workshop, contact Chicago Program Associate, Clover Morell, to make sure it fits our guidelines.
  • If so, she’ll send you the link to a brief online application to complete before the event.
  • After you attend, submit the online report in your account. You can expect reimbursement within 3 weeks of submitting the report.

LOWCOUNTRY ARTISTIC VITALITY grantees, please contact the Lowcountry office to discuss any potential technical assistance opportunities.

Cash Reserve Challenge

ARTISTIC VITALITY grantees are eligible for Cash Reserve Challenge (CRC) grants, but they are by invitation only. For many groups the key to expanding programming, innovating, taking risk requires financial stability. Those of our arts partners that meet certain criteria may be eligible to receive a matching grant of up to $25,000 to help them establish operational reserve funds.  You must:

  • Be a current Artistic Vitality grantee.
  • Have a history of stable finances.
  • Have strong, positive net assets.
  • Have a board-approved reserve fund plan that outlines strategies to build and maintain a capital reserve and use it to advance artistic goals.
  • Have sufficient organizational capacity to achieve the reserve fund plan and the required match.

If you have a question about CRCs…
In Chicago, contact Ellen Placey Wadey, Chicago Senior Program Officer, at 312.977.2707.
In the Lowcountry, call the office at 843.277.2041.

Program-Related Investments

In addition to its regular grantmaking, we provide bridge financing (loans and lines of credit) and credit enhancements (letters of credit and guarantees) to non-profit organizations. These bank-like instruments are known as program-related investments or PRIs.  Historically, the Foundation has made PRIs to land conservation groups in both regions, but we are open to making PRIs within our arts and collections mission areas as well. Our goal is to educate and empower our borrowers to accelerate the pace of their  work.