Press Release


Applications for next round of mini grants due April 15

CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $16,460 to nine nonprofit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects. Funded programs include a series of lectures on the history and practice of archaeology, a project to educate downstate communities about Latino culture, and an exhibit that celebrates the entrepreneurial role that women have played throughout Illinois history. Community support for these projects totaled $49,918 . A list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs are listed below:

  • Working Women of Oakland Illinois: Oakland Historical Foundation, Oakland ($2,000)
  • The First Annual Taiko Conference: Innocent Eyes and Lenses, Chicago ($2,500)
  • South Suburban Archaeology Society Lectures 2004: South Suburban Archaeology Society, Homewood ($1,800)
  • From Rosie to Roosevelt: The American Command: Glen Ellyn Public Library, Glen Ellyn ($500)
  • Bilingual Mothers and Daughters: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Extension, Whiteside County ($2,000)
  • Museum of Funeral Customs 2004 Programming Series: Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield ($1,600)
  • Educational Programming for “Generations of Gentility” Exhibit: Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb ($2,000)
  • Goat Island/Frakcija Reading Companion: Goat Island Performance Group, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Pegasus Players Lecture Series: Pegasus Players, Chicago ($2,000)

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites non-profit organizations to apply for its next cycle of mini grants of up to $2,500 by its April 15, 2004 deadline. Any non-profit group, organization, or institution is eligible to receive financial support from the Illinois Humanities Council for a public project in the humanities, including documentary films, local and community history projects, literary symposia, and oral history projects. Mini Grants are restricted to organizations with annual budgets under $1 million dollars or organizations applying for new or experimental programs. The IHC makes it a priority to fund projects developed by, for, or aimed at a reaching new or historically neglected audiences.

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 at this number as well.

For further information about the IHC or our grants program, please contact us at 312.422.5580 or visit our website at


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