The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has announced a major funding initiative for collecting organizations in Chicago and the South Carolina Low-country to illuminate underrepresented narratives. 

The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation) has announced today the launch of a major new Collections funding initiative to help museums, libraries, and other collecting organizations bring forward new and recovered narratives within the Foundation’s two geographies: Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Foundation has allocated $750,000 for grants to organizations whose collections illustrate BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ perspectives, working-class narratives, small community experiences, as well as other underrepresented groups and viewpoints. Emerging, compelling, underrepresented perspectives reflective of collections in the areas of science, public health and the natural world also are eligible. Any Chicago or Lowcountry based non-profit organization with a relevant collection is encouraged to learn more about the strategy at 

Virtual event for potential applicants takes place October 21, 2020

First application deadline for collections grants is March 26, 2021

See the original Press Release below.