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Chicago, Illinois

Openlands was awarded $3,808,360 between 1984 and 2013, including 12 grants in What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance.


2013 • 2 years

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.


2012 • 1 year

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.


2004 • 2 years

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


2000 • 2 years, 11 months

In support of general operations (over three years).


1998 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

For open space planning in selected Chicago neighborhoods.


1997 • 1 year

To support the SOLAR Project, a joint effort with the Metropolitan Chicago Information Center.


1997 • 3 years

To support the Strategic Regional Growth Agenda (over three years).


1994 • 3 years

To support the 21st Century Open Space Plan (over three years).


1991 • 1 year

To support the 21st Century Open Space Plan, to consolidate the plans of 1,100 government entities in the nine-county region, and to implement high-priority land preservation projects.


1989 • 11 months

To support a project to enhance open space planning in Chicago.

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