MacArthur announced $240,000 in new grants to help diverse Chicago organizations increase their international connections with four countries. The grants are the third set of awards from the Foundation’s International Connections Fund. Initially established as a one-year, $1 million program scheduled to conclude in March 2009, the Fund has been extended until the end of 2009.
“Chicago is a global city that benefits greatly from interaction between its citizens and organizations and their counterparts outside of the United States” said Foundation President Jonathan Fanton. “MacArthur’s International Connections Fund encourages greater sharing of experiences and international learning.”
The following organizations will receive grants:
Support from the International Connections Fund is available to nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area that have received a grant within the last three years from MacArthur or through the MacArthur Funds established at the Driehaus Foundation, the Prince Charitable Trusts, or through the New Communities Program directed by LISC/Chicago. Preference is given to those proposals that support a new or expanded program, promote exchanges with one of MacArthur’s focus countries (China, India, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia), enhance or complement other work supported by the Foundation, and require funding that the organization may not otherwise be able to generate. The next round of grants will be awarded in April; proposals are due by February 1.