Press Release


Grant seekers invited to attend workshop on application process

CHICAGO—The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites grant applicants to a public Major and Mini Grant Workshop on Tuesday, November 13, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. This workshop will be held at the Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman Street.

Any non-profit group, organization, or institution in Illinois is eligible to apply for financial support from the IHC for a public project in the humanities. Registration is required. To register for this workshop, please visit or call 815-965-7606 and press option 5.

The IHC puts a priority on funding projects developed by, for, or aimed at reaching new or historically neglected audiences. These include but are not limited to residents of rural communities, men and women with little formal education, inner city or other underserved youth (in after-school or weekend programs), people who are economically disadvantaged, or the elderly. The IHC especially invites applications from organizations that serve these communities and strongly encourages other applicants to extend their programs to include such audiences.The IHC also encourages applications for projects about American history and culture.

IHC program officer Clark Halker will staff the meeting and field questions about applying for grants for various types of projects, including documentary films, local and community history projects, literary symposia, and oral history projects. The IHC deadlines for Mini Grant proposals are October 15, 2007 and January 15, 2008; the next Major Grant proposal deadline is February 15, 2008.

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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