Press Release


Next major grant proposals due July 15

CHICAGO The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $206,542 to 23 nonprofit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects.

Funded projects include a Croatian Heritage Project in Edwardsville, a Civil Rights Institute organized by the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in Chicago, an African American oral history project in Springfield, and a documentary film entitled “World on a String,” about Filipino inventors of the yo-yo.

Community support for these projects totaled $703,196. A list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs are listed below:

  • Third Annual Embarras Valley Film Festival and Conference, Coles County Arts Council, Charleston ($10,000)
  • The Atom Smashers,” 137 Films, Chicago, ($10,000)
  • The Civil Rights Institute, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago ($10,000)
  • Educational Programming for Loaded Landscape Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago ($5,000)
  • A Gift of Forty Years,” Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago ($4,000)
  • Greentowns USA,” Lost and Found Productions, Chicago ($10,000)
  • Hull-House History on Call, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago ($10,000)
  • Jens Jensen Harmonious World,” Viva Lundin Productions, Chicago ($9,650)
  • Living Documents, The Newberry Library, Chicago ($10,000)
  • Memories and Milestones, South Asian American Policy and Research Institute, Chicago ($9,800)
  • Poetics of Place: Exploring the Theme of Locality in Literature, Young Chicago Authors, Chicago ($10,000)
  • Room at the Table 2: Pass the Salt, Poetry Center of Chicago, Chicago ($10,000)
  • Typeface,” A Documentary Short, Kartemquin Educational Films, Chicago ($10,000)
  • World on a String: Filipino Inventors of the Yo-Yo,” The Foundation for Asian
  • American Independent Media, Chicago ($4,000)
  • Croatian Heritage Project, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Edwardsville ($7,372)
  • The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” Friends of Carl Sandburg, Flat Rock, North Carolina ($9,990)
  • Between the Lines, LaSalle Public Library, LaSalle ($7,740)
  • Loie Fuller-In The Light Fantastic,” Momenta, Inc., Oak Park ($10,000)
  • 1900 America: A Rockford Chautauqua, Midway Village & Museum Center, Rockford ($10,000)
  • Oral Histories of African Americans in Springfield, Illinois, Springfield African American History Foundation, Springfield ($8,990)
  • Springfield Urban League Freedom School, Springfield Urban League, Springfield ($10,000)
  • Kufundisha Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana ($10,000)
  • Urbana Park District Centennial Chautauqua, Urbana Park District, Urbana ($10,000)

July 15, 2007 is the next IHC deadline for both Major and Mini grant proposals. Potential applicants may review and download grant applications and guidelines by visiting and 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. The IHC encourages applications for projects about American history and culture. 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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