Press Release


Next mini grants due July 15; next major grants due July 15.

CHICAGO The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $17,439 to eightnonprofit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects. Funded programs include an author speaker series and a book club at a maximum security prison in Joliet; interpretive materials at the Jens Jensen-designed Lincoln Memorial Garden (Springfield); a discussion series focusing on Chicago’s Ethnic communities’ influence on the city’s arts landscape; and the development of bilingual signage and programming for the West Chicago Museum (West Chicago). Community support for these projects totaled $46,343. A complete list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs is listed below:

  • History Careers Day Camp: McLean County Museum of History,Bloomington ($2,500)
  • Audience Education: Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral, Chicago ($2,000)
  • The Impact of Chicago’s Ethnic Communities on the City’s Contemporary Culture and Art: Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago ($2,500)
  • Language and Leadership: Story Workshop Institute, Chicago ($1,939)
  • Stateville Book Club: The Long-Term Prisoner Policy Project, Joliet ($2,000)
  • Illinois Association of Museums Joint Annual Conference Scholarships: Illinois Association of Museums, Springfield ($2,500)
  • Lincoln’s Landscape: The Prairie Experience:Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield ($2,000)
  • Immigration: Building a Community: West Chicago City Museum, West Chicago ($2,000)

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites non-profit organizations to apply for its next cycle of mini grants of up to $2,000by its July 15, 2006 deadline. The deadline for the next cycle of major grants (up to $10,000) isalso July 15, 2006. Any non-profit group, organization, or institution is eligible to apply for 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. The IHC also encourages applications for projects about American history and culture.

Potential applicants may review and download grant applications and guidelines by visiting www.prairie.organd clicking on “Educational Programs and Grants.” 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 our website at

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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