The Reva & David Logan Foundation: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: This funder supports local, national and international causes for social justice, scholarship, arts and investigative journalism. Many grants are awarded in the late founders’ home city of Chicago, where the foundation is based.

FUNDING AREAS: Social justice, scholarship, arts, investigative journalism

IP TAKE: At the local level, arts are a big deal to Logan. Oftentimes a grantseeker's best bet is to submit an arts and culture letter of inquiry requesting $25,000 to $75,000.

PROFILE: The Reva & David Logan Foundation is a family foundation based in Chicago. The couple met at the University of Chicago Law School and gave extensively to the arts, youth and the Chicago community during their lifetimes. Nonprofits can learn more about the founders (David Logan, who passed away in 2011, and Reva Logan, who passed away in 2013) on the foundation website. Current areas of support at the foundation are the arts, investigative journalism, scholarship and social justice.

Investigative journalism grants support workshops, teaching, and symposiums, while arts grants support using the arts to propel social change and non-violent protest. Social justice grants target homelessness and family services, youth and education, and incarceration. These grants should ensure that all people can participate in society without interference and ensure that benefits are fairly distributed to all people.

Many grants have been between $10,000 and $100,000. Some past Chicago grantees include the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Options for Youth, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Kuumba Lynx, and The Ark. Learn more about past grantees on the funder’s website. Although the Logan Foundation funds causes all across the U.S. and around the world, it awards many grants in its home city of Chicago.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but it does welcome letters of inquiry at any time of the year. These are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and grantseekers need to create a user account to begin the application process. Applicants receive notification by email about funding decisions, which will come from Direct questions about the application process to Grants Manager Preeti Veerlapati at 312-664-3350 or


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