Foundation / Corporation
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF)
07/26/19 11:59 PM CT
Grants to Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support landscape-scale stewardship and preservation activities throughout the Chicago region. Funding may be requested for both projects and general operating support.
This program supports efforts throughout the Chicago region with a current emphasis on five priority landscapes: Calumet, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Grand Kankakee, Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
To Protect and Restore:
There are nearly 10 million people living in Greater Chicagoland, making it the third largest metropolitan region in the country. Nevertheless, there is a long tradition of preserving land. Currently, more than 550,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairie lands are permanently protected. The Chicago Wilderness has a goal to expand, buffer and connect those protected lands further still. The ultimate goal is to achieve a thriving, interconnected network of approximately a million and a half acres. Occasionally, when opportunities arise to preserve lands of exceptional strategic significance, the Foundation offers Program Related Investments to existing grantees.
To Grow Stronger:
Protecting more land is a big job. Stewarding it long-term is an even bigger job. That’s why the Foundation offers general operating grants to sustain land conservation organizations, as well as capacity-building grants to help them meet expanded land conservation opportunities. The Foundation also encourages partnerships and collaborations to accelerate and enhance the Chicago region's conservation goals.
To Advocate Change:
Some land conservation happens with easements or acquisitions. Some with volunteers armed with loppers. Some occur at the policy level. For this reason, the Foundation supports advocacy efforts to align regional planning and on-the-ground results with established land conservation goals.
GrantWatch ID#: 181406
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online:
If you have questions about Chicago Region Land Conservation grants or PRIs, please contact Director, Grants and Communications, Susan Clark, by email at email@example.com or at 312.977.2705.
35 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601-2102
Service area: https://gddf.org/our-work/
USA: Illinois: McHenry, Lake, Kane, Cook, Dupage, Kendall, Will, and Grundy Counties; Indiana: Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties; Wisconsin: Walworth and Kenosha Counties