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A Year of Transformation

This is a year of transition and transformation for Grand Victoria Foundation. We completed our first ever strategic plan, which outlines our theory of action and strategic priorities that are rooted in racial justice. Our strategic plan is an important milestone on our journey towards centering racial equity and racial justice that began in 2017, when we surveyed our grantees and they articulated they would like to see the Foundation be more explicit about race. We look forward to sharing our strategic plan with current and future foundation and grantee partners next year. 

In preparation for the launch of our strategic plan in 2023, the Foundation is prioritizing aligning our grantmaking and operations to fully support our new strategic direction. For us to approach this work thoughtfully and with intention, we are not accepting unsolicited requests for funding this year, including letters of inquiry. Renewal grant requests from current grantees will be reviewed during our quarterly grant cycles. For current grantees, if you have questions, please contact your program officer. For non-grantees, if you have questions about our funding priorities and/or eligibility, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to learn about our new strategic direction next year.


The geography of Illinois requires conservation work to happen within and outside of natural areas. To accomplish this, it must include the perspectives of diverse individuals, sectors and places. The opportunity lies in increasing the number and range of voices that historically may not have been asked or included.

Our Vision: Our grantmaking embraces the unique and exciting ways that conservation gets done by many people in diverse places that include and extend beyond natural lands.

Who Should Apply

This grantmaking program will support organizations that:

  • protect land and advance innovations to conservation practices that extend to natural, rural and urban areas
  • focus on increasing racial and ethnic diversity of practitioners in the field
  • test new solutions at the intersection of conservation and economy
  • preserve and restore natural landscapes   

Please contact us at (312) 609-0200 or info@grandvictoriafdn.org if you have questions about our Environment program.

To learn more about the application process, please visit our How to Apply page. To begin your application, please visit our Grant Portal to submit your Letter of Inquiry.

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