Press Release


Next mini grant deadlines are April 15 & July 15;
Next major grant deadline is July 15

CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $15,500 to nine nonprofit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects. Funded programs include a panel of Arab American playwrights (Evanston), a celebration of archeology in Southern Illinois (Kampsville), a symposium on the legacy of Harold Washington (Chicago), and a video on the Amish (Arcola). Community support for these projects totaled $86,692. A complete list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs is listed below:

  • Introduction and Reformatting of Orientation Video: Illinois Amish Interpretive Center, Arcola ($2,000)
  • College in Prison Program: University of Illinois, Champaign, Champaign ($2,000)
  • Harold Washington: Exploring a Legacy: Heartland Alliance, Chicago ($2,000)
  • Point of Entry: An Interactive Digital Mural Project : Pros Arts Studio, Chicago ($2,500)
  • Central Illinois H2O: Quality and Quantity Panel Discussion : Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur ($2,000)
  • Arab American Playwrights Panel: Next Theatre Company, Evanston ($2,000)
  • Archeology Day 2008: Center for American Archeology, Kampsville ($2,000)

The Council also awarded technical assistance grants in this cycle to:

  • Piatt County Museum, Monticello ($500)
  • Illinois Heritage Association, Champaign ($500)

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites non-profit organizations to apply for its next cycle of grants. Upcoming application deadlines for mini grants (up to $2,500) are April 15 and July 15, 2008. The application deadline for major grants (up to $10,000) is July 15, 2008. 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 and submit a draft proposal prior to the final deadline.

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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