Press Release


Next mini grants due April 15, 2007; next major grants due July 15, 2007

CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $14,650 tonine non-profit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects. Funded programs include a celebration of Celtic roots (Carbondale), a presentation on Native American archeology (Kampsville), and rush-hour concerts exploring the universal language of music (Chicago). Community support for these projects totaled $56,520. A complete list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs is listed below:

  • Celtic Roots, American Traditions: Southern Illinois Irish Festival, Carbondale ($2,000)
  • The Universal Language of Music: A Guide to Active and Engaged Listening: Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Whatever Happened to Guerrilla Television: Fund for Innovative TV, Chicago ($2,500)
  • Center for American Archaeology Day 2007: Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville ($2,000)
  • Newman: 150 Years of Community and Counting: Newman Regional Library District, Newman ($2,500)
  • Vanished: German-American Civilian Internment 1941-48: Traces Center for History and Culture, Saint Paul, Minnesota ($2,195)

The Council also awarded the following technical assistance grants in this cycle:

  • Planning and Preparing Exhibits Workshops: Illinois Heritage Association, Champaign ($500)
  • The Improvement of the Indianola Community Historical Society: Indianola Community Historical Society, Indianola ($455)
  • Hegeler Carus: American Industrialist: Hegeler Carus Foundation, La Salle ($500)

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, 2007 deadline. The deadline for the next cycle of major grants (up to $10,000) is July 15, 2007. 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 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 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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