Press Release


Next Mini and Major Grant Deadline July 15, 2009 

CHICAGO The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $14,907 to seven nonprofit organizations across Illinois for development and production of public humanities projects. Funded programs include historical and architectural walking tours in Quincy, the 2009 Archeology Day celebrations in Kampsville, and a youth program exploring labor and industry through history and art in Chicago. Community support for these projects totaled $83,396.  The grantees are:

  • Walking Tours of Quincy, Illinois’ Historic and Architecturally Significant Neighborhoods, Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, Quincy ($2,000)
  • Exploring Mail-Order Homes Along the Old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Melrose Park Public Library, Melrose Park ($2,365)
  • Work: Exploring Labor and Industry through History and Art, Street Level Youth Media, Chicago ($2,500)
  • Legacy of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, Octave Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul ($2,442)
  • Archeology Day 2009, Center for American Archeology, Kampsville ($2,000)
  • Our Heritage in Story and Song, Henry Public Library, Henry ($1,600)
  • Community Engagement with Lincoln’s Legacies, New Philadelphia Association, Griggsville ($2,000)

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites nonprofit organizations to apply for its next cycle of mini (up to $2,500) and major (up to $10,000) by its July 15, 2009 deadline. Any nonprofit 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 emailing IHC program officers are also available for consultation, and new applicants are encouraged to contact program officers for grant advice.

For further information about the IHC or the grants program, please call 312.422.5580 or visit

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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