Grantee Profile


Grants to Openlands

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation's oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, helping to secure and protect land for public parks, forest preserves, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens. Chicago loses as many as 10,000 trees each year due to pests, disease, storms and neglect, which has negative effects on its citizens' health and the environment. In response to the Foundation's desire to offset carbon generated by routine operations, Openlands will use this grant to support a new tree-planting initiative to help replenish Chicago's tree canopy.

  • $90,660Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Discovery Grants

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Openlands Project is a Chicago-based non-profit organization founded in 1963 to protect the natural habitats and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region. This grant will support GardenKeepers, a project that will build on Openlands' experience with school and community gardens to create a replicable model for community and school gardens, resolve legal issues faced by most would-be gardeners, educate gardeners and garden organizers, and conduct and independent evaluation of broader social and cultural impacts of the program.

  • $200,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of research and analysis on regional strategies for governing public open space in the Chicago region (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Openlands $790,660 between 2002 and 2015.

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