Foundation / Corporation
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF)
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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,500 to Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin small nonprofit arts organizations in the Greater Chicago region to support general operations. Prospective applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. The Foundation provides general operations grants and an array of other kinds of support to help arts partners sustain their artistry and strengthen their operations.
To Value Small Arts Organizations
The ecosystem of arts in the Chicago region is big and diverse, yet most nonprofit arts groups operate on small budgets. Together, small arts groups produce most of the art in the region. Many small arts groups – especially the smallest of the small – tend to have fewer options for grants. The Foundation supports professional arts groups, of all disciplines, that operate on less than $1 million per year.
To Support With Few Restrictions
Unrestricted general operating grants are the life blood of small arts groups, big or small. It allows them the flexibility to spend those dollars where they see fit. Multi-year general operating support provides an extra measure of stability.
To Grow Stronger
It takes training, discipline and often years of experience to master one’s art. Just as challenging, just as important, is mastering the art of running an arts organization. Stronger, more efficient operations tend to allow more time, attention and resources to go toward the art itself. The Foundation supports the Arts Work Fund and several other technical assistance providers to help organizations grow stronger.
GrantWatch ID#: 173120
Organizations are eligible for grant amounts based on annual expenses for the most recently-completed calendar or fiscal year:
Annual Expenses/Grant Amount:
- Up to $25,000: $2,000
- $25,000 - $50,000: $3,500
- $50,000 - $100,000: $5,500
- $100,000 - $200,000: $6,500
- $200,000 - $300,000: $7,500
- $300,000 - $500,000: $8,500
- $500,000 - $750,000: $9,500
- $750,000 - $1,000,000: $10,500
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions about your eligibility or content questions about your proposal, please contact Ellen Wadey, Senior Program Officer: email@example.com
For questions about the application form or process, please contact Clover Morell, Program Associate: firstname.lastname@example.org
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2600
Chicago, Illinois 60601-2102
Service area: https://gddf.org/our-work/
USA: Illinois: McHenry, Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, and Grundy Counties; Indiana: Lake, Porter, and LaPorta Counties; Wisconsin: Walworth and Kenosha Counties