Press Release


Applications for next round of mini grants due October 15

CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $23,500 to 11 nonprofit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects. Funded programs include a film festival and interdisciplinary conference on American film and popular culture of the mid-twentieth century (Charleston); a history of the South Asian community in Chicago from 1945-1965, including a collection of oral histories; and a website that will document works of public art in Knox County (Galesburg). Community support for these projects totaled $56,980.

A list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs are listed below:

  • Embarras Valley Film Festival and Conference:Coles County Arts Council,Charleston ($2,500)
  • Broken Bodies: Butoh, Breakdancing and Beyond: Links Hall, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Lincoln and the Civil War: November 1864: Pritzker Military Library, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Making Peace: Meditations on Activism: Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self Defense Center, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Our Immigrant Story: Asians in Illinois 1945-1965: Asian American Institute, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Effingham Audio Tour:Effingham Festival Committee, Effingham ($2,000)
  • Harvest Story Hayride: Elgin Public Museum, Elgin ($1,500)
  • A History of Public Art in Knox County (Website): Galesburg Civic Art League, Galesburg ($2,500)
  • One Community, One Author: Harrisburg Public Library District, Harrisburg($2,500)
  • Fa Sol La: Shape Note and Other Music Traditions as Community Memory:Volunteer Pioneers, Lerna($2,500)
  • Winter Lecture Series: “The Genius of George Maher: Pleasant Home Foundation, Oak Park ($2,000)

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites non-profit organizations to apply for its next cycle of mini grants of up to $2,000 by its October 15, 2005 deadline. The deadline for the next cycle of major grants (up to $10,000) is February 15, 2006. 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 reaching new or historically neglected audiences.

Potential applicants may review and download grant applications and guidelines by visiting 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, and new applicants are encouraged to seek consultation.

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

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.


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