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Spring 2019 Newsletter


Welcome!

We are excited to welcome Denise Gardner to our board and Juan Garcia to our staff team. Read more about them here


Land Conservation

Restoration at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois; rice trunks maintain wetlands in the Lowcountry.We just released our report "Expanding the Toolbox of Land Conservation Strategies," the culmination of nearly two years exploring over sixty land conservation strategies. David and the consulting team will discuss recommended strategies for the Chicago region during a webinar on May 7th, and Lowcountry findings will be presented during our May 14th Lowcountry Land Conservation Symposium. More information will be posted on our website after those events.

The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund request for proposals is now open in the Chicago region. Pre-proposals are due May 14th. Approximately $1 million will be made available from a partnership of funders including GDDF for projects that reduce stormwater runoff with green infrastructure, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, or improve public access to and use of natural areas.


Artistic Vitality

In the Lowcountry, the first quarter of the year was all about finance! Arts organizations from around the region participated in the second annual QuickBooks training workshop and the first statewide cohort of arts groups completed a three-session financial management seminar, both co-sponsored by GDDF and the South Carolina Arts Commission

2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre! You can find tickets here, and follow along on social media at #2019isYOCT; we're posting every couple weeks about our Chicago theatre grantees.

News in Collections

Consultants RK&A and Slover Linett are working with us on refining our regional collections strategy. They will be conducting interviews with a number of former grantees and other stakeholders this spring and summer. 

March Retreat News

Our March board and staff retreat was spent out and about around the North Lowcountry, where we attended the first ever International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference at Coastal Carolina University.
We visited Brookgreen Gardens, the first sculpture garden in the US, where Ron Daise, Gullah historian, educator and performer shared the tenants of the Gullah culture through language and songs.
Storyteller Ron Daise at Brookgreen Gardens
The next day, we were given a tour of tour Sandy Island
one of the last remaining intact Gullah communities, reachable only by boat, where we learned of their cultural heritage and their island’s importance to the environmental landscape of the Waccamaw River.

We also spent time at the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
established more than 20 years ago to protect diverse habitat in coastal river ecosystem.


Upcoming Deadlines

If you received a two- or three-year grant in July 2018, your progress report is due May 30; if you have not received a reminder, please contact Susan Clark, Director, Grants & Communications.

Our next proposal deadline is Friday, July 26. If you received a one-year grant in November 2018, or a two-year grant in November 2017, your final report is due that day as well, if you're reapplying.


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