When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million and instructions to create a foundation that would encourage the art of editorial cartooning and support charitable and educational programs that 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.
To help advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its Defending Basic Freedoms program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to projects aimed at safeguarding basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, eliminating any form of prejudice or discrimination, and assisting government agencies in being more accountable to the public.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters of Intent are due October 6. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 12, 2020.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Herb Block Foundation.