Through its Democracy Program, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation works with communities in the Chicago region and across Illinois to develop educated, informed, and engaged citizens, strengthen democracy, and help ensure that all families and children have the opportunities they need to flourish.
To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Intent from organizations engaged in work to strengthen local journalism. Through the program, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to Chicago-based organizations working to encourage journalism that is vigorous, independent, and effective at informing the public and holding institutions accountable.
To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or have a fiscal sponsor with such status), be based in the United States, and be engaged in impactful work in Chicago and/or any of the seven counties comprising northeastern Illinois.
Letters of Intent are due June 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 5, 2019.
See the Robert R. McCormick Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.