Landmarks Illinois offers COVID-19 emergency grant program for nonprofits

Landmarks Illinois, a statewide historic preservation advocacy organization, launched its new Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grant Program, intended to provide monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations in the state of Illinois that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonprofits are encouraged to apply for one of more than a dozen $2,000 individual grants available through the limited-time program.

The application deadline is May 15, and 13 grants will be awarded funding to pay for organizational expenditures, including staff and contractor payroll, taxes and processing fees, rent and mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, loan principal and interest payments and digital access improvements.


Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with an annual budget of less than $1 million or fewer than seven full-time equivalent employees. Additionally, the applicant’s purpose or programming must align with Landmarks Illinois’ mission of People Saving Places for People.

Applicants must demonstrate a critical need as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 and must possess the capacity to manage the grant funds prudently.

A follow-up report of the project is required to be submitted to Landmarks Illinois within a determined time period.

Grant recipients

Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grants applicants will be reviewed by Landmarks Illinois staff and approved by Landmarks Illinois’ Board of Directors. Grant recipients will be announced in June, the release states.

Applications will be selected based on the strength of alignment with Landmarks Illinois’ mission, demonstration of need and the applicant’s ability to utilize the funds quickly. Unlike other Landmarks Illinois grant programs, the grants awarded through the COVID-19 Organization Relief Grant Fund are not matching grants. Recipients will not be required to raise funding equal or greater to the $2,000 provided from Landmarks Illinois.

Additional information

The Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grant program is temporarily replacing the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund Grants and the Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois for the month of May. Landmarks Illinois will begin resuming accepting applications for the Preservation Heritage Fund in July and for the Donnelley Fund grant program in October.

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