When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his seventy-two years of cartooning. As such, the Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged.
As part of this mission, the foundation, through its Encouraging Citizen Involvement program, will award grants of up to $25,000 for projects related to citizen education and greater voter participation in the electoral process. All projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization classified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than June 5. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 11, 2018.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Herb Block Foundation.