2018 • 2 years
Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations; it helps 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 annually to pests, diseases, storms, and neglect, which has a negative effect on residents’ health, environment, and quality of life. Openlands’ Urban Forestry Program includes the “Treekeepers” program that trains participants about how to care best for the region’s trees, community-focused educational programming about trees and the benefits of a healthy urban canopy, and the planting and caring for trees across Chicago in partnership with neighborhood organizations. This award supports the Urban Forestry Program’s effort to increase the Chicago region’s tree canopy and expand its community outreach and citizen engagement over the next two years.
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 • 3 years
To support the Strategic Regional Growth Agenda (over three years).
1997 • 1 year
To support the SOLAR Project, a joint effort with the Metropolitan Chicago Information Center.
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.