When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his seventy-two years of cartooning. As such, the is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. The foundation also seeks to provide educational opportunities through scholarships and to promote editorial cartooning through continuing research.
As part of this mission, the foundation, through its Defending Basic Freedoms program, awards grants of up to $25,000 for projects that help safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, that help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and/or that assist government agencies in being more accountable to the public.
Grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide, but projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization classified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than October 4. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 13, 2018.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Herb Block Foundation.