CHICAGO: The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation will provide a third wave of grants to Chicago arts organizations. The $2.1 million in expedited funding, which will support 132 theatre, music, dance, and multidisciplinary organizations, will include $1.6 million to Chicago small arts organizations and $576,000 in general operating renewal grants. This funding comes in addition to the foundation’s $3 million in expedited funding released in April 2021 and nearly $3 million granted in April 2020. The funds will be released to all organizations on April 15.
“Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic over the past two years, when to restart live productions continues to be a challenge for so many of our city’s small arts organizations,” said Donnelley Foundation executive director David Farren in a statement. “The foundation continues to advocate for funding that helps sustain these beloved nonprofit organizations and that alleviates some of the financial stress experienced by the sector. We take our commitment to these organizations very seriously.”
The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation supporting land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional archival collections for the people of the Chicago region and South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The foundation provides multi-year general operating support and organizational development opportunities to organizations in its communities. The next deadlines for applications to the Broadening Narratives initiative, which helps libraries, museums, and other collecting organizations present underrepresented histories, are April 1 and July 29.
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