Press Release


CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites non-profit organizations to apply for funding for public humanities projects. Proposals for mini grants of up to $2,500 are due by January 15, 2004; proposals for major grants of up to $10,000 are due by February 15, 2004. Any non-profit group, organization, or institution in Illinois is eligible to receive funding from the Illinois Humanities Council for a public project in the humanities. Organizations applying for mini grants should have a budget under $1 million. The IHC funds many types of humanities projects, including documentary films, local and community history projects, literary symposia, and oral history projects.

Potential applicants may review and download grant applications and guidelines by visiting and clicking on “Grants.” Copies of the grant information may also be requested by calling 312.422.5580 or by sending an email to IHC program officers are available for consultation by phone as well.

The IHC makes it a priority to fund projects developed by, for, or aimed at reaching new or historically neglected audiences. These include but are not limited to residents of rural communities, men and women with little formal education, inner city or other underserved youth (in after school or weekend programs), people who are economically disadvantaged, or the elderly. The IHC especially invites applications from organizations that serve these communities and strongly encourages other applicantsto extend their proposed programs to include such audiences.

The active participation of humanities scholars who encourage critical thinking and analysis in a public forum is integral to all IHC-funded public programs and therefore must be included in all phases of the project. The proposal must present a project that is public in character and be sponsored by a non-profit group, organization, or institution. The IHC requires that all projects share at least 50% of the total project budget, provide a plan for evaluation, and comply with all federal debarment and nondiscrimination statutes in their proposal.

Although the IHC is dedicated to fostering an advanced learning

environment with the help of scholars and academics, the IHC does not fund individual research or other endeavors intended primarily for the academic community. The IHC is invested in reaching communities and the public at large and therefore does not fund academic courses for credit, scholarships, or fellowships, nor does it fund performing or creative arts as ends in themselves. IHC funding is not allotted for projects for fundraising purposes; advocacy or social action groups; construction or restoration costs; or for purchases of permanent equipment, library, or museum acquisitions. General administrative fees for the sponsoring organization must not be paid for with IHC funds nor will money be given for food and/or beverage costs.


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