The Reva & David Logan Foundation: Chicago Grants

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. Your best bet is to submit an arts and culture letter of inquiry for between $25,000 and $75,000.

PROFILE: The Reva & David Logan Foundation is a family foundation based in Chicago. You 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. The couple met at the University of Chicago Law School and gave extensively to the arts, youth and the Chicago community during their lifetimes.

Current areas of support at the foundation are the arts, investigative journalism, scholarship and social justice. 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 doesn't accept unsolicited proposals, but it does welcome letters of inquiry at any time of the year. These are reviewed on an ongoing basis; you need to create a user account to begin the application process. Applicants are notified by email about funding decisions and will likely come from

You can learn about past awards and grantees on the foundation’s Grants page. 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.

The foundation board of directors are Richard E. Logan, Cecelia Simmons, Michael H. Levine, Leslie M. Savickas, Erin R. Logan and Crystal G. Logan. These board members are credited for their unique interests and for their “eclectic mix of grants.” There are two staff members at the foundation as well, an executive director and a grants manager.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Grants Manager Preeti Veerlapati at 312-664-3350 Grantseekers can keep up with recent happenings on the foundation’s News section. The foundation is located at 980 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1122, Chicago, IL, 60611.


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