Grantee Profile

Young Chicago Authors

Grants to Young Chicago Authors

  • $625,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Young Chicago Authors, founded in 1991, is a youth literary arts organization working to cultivate the voices of diverse teen writers through artist-led workshops, publications, and school performances. Its mission is focused on contributing to an “affirmative youth culture,” and its year-round programming includes Louder Than a Bomb, the largest teen poetry slam in the country. Young Chicago Authors serves more than 1,500 young people on an ongoing basis. A MacArthur Award recognizes organizations that have excellent programs, that are well-managed, and that are at an inflection point, where they are likely to grow either in size or influence. Young Chicago Authors will allocate most of the Award to increasing its cash reserve; it will use a smaller portion for technology and equipment upgrades.

  • $30,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $20,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support program development (over two years).

  • $20,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $20,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Young Chicago Authors $715,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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