Chicago Region Land Conservation Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies in the Chicago
Area for Land Preservation and Conservation Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 181406
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

07/28/17 11:59 PM CT

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Grants to Illinois nonprofits and agencies in the Chicago area for land stewardship and conservation programs to protect wetlands, woodlands, and prairie lands. Applicants must contact program staff before starting an application. Funding is available for both general operating and project-specific grants.

Funding supports 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.

Strategic land conservation partnerships are encouraged.

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. Chicago Wilderness – a coalition of more than 300 public and private organizations – 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, Program Related Investments are offered as bridge funding.

To Grow Stronger
Protecting more land is a big job. Stewarding it long-term is an even bigger job. That’s why general operating grants are offered to sustain land conservation organizations, as well as capacity-building grants to help them meet expanded land conservation opportunities. Partnerships and collaborations are encouraged to accelerate and enhance the region's conservation goals.

To Advocate Change
Some land conservation happens with easements or acquisitions. Some with volunteers armed with loppers. Some occurs 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.

- You must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or unit of government.
- You must have completed at least one full fiscal year of operations before applying.
- You must have a demonstrated track record of advancing landscape-scale conservation.

The following are not eligible:
- Individuals
- Religious activities, political campaigns, or legislative lobbying
- Stand-alone conferences, publications, films, events, websites, or videos
- Endowments, capital campaigns, or debt reduction.

Grant-giving strategy:

More details on program areas and eligible regions:

New applicants must contact program staff before starting a new application. Returning project grantees must call before starting a new application.

Proposals are reviewed twice a year. Completed proposals must be submitted online by 11:59pm Central Time on Friday, March 31, 2017 for review at the July 2017 board meeting. The second deadline this year is Friday, July 28, 2017 for review at the November 2017 board meeting.

All in all, it takes about four months from grant application deadline through board decision. After the board meeting, you'll receive an email within a couple weeks.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply for a general operations grant:

Apply for a project grant:

For questions about the grant application or reporting processes:
Susan Clark, Grants Manager

For questions about Chicago Region Land Conservation grants or PRIs:
Arthur Pearson, Chicago Program Director

Chicago Office
35 East Wacker Drive
Suite 2600
Chicago, Illinois 60601-2102

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