Press Release


Discussion of IHC Grant application procedure and Nonprofit networking

CHICAGO — The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites grant applicants to a free IHC Community Grant Application & Humanities Resource Workshop on Monday, October 18, 2010 from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  This workshop will be held at the Varsity Center for the Arts (418 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale).

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other nonprofit organizations in facilitated discussions, in addition to learning about IHC grant support.  Any nonprofit 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 by October 15. To register for this workshop, please contact the IHC at 312.422.5580, send an e-mail to, or visit Space is limited, therefore only one representative per organization will be allowed and preference will be given to first-time applicants.

Dimitra Tasiouras, IHC Director of Programs and Partnerships, and Kay Rippelmeyer-Tippy, IHC Program Liaison, will staff the meeting and field questions about grant guidelines for various types of projects, including local and community history projects, oral history projects, documentary film projects, and reading/discussion programs, for example. The next deadlines for grant proposals are January 15 and April 15, 2011.   A community roundtable and peer exchange discussions concerning partnerships, fundraising and communications strategy planning will follow, featuring representatives from area arts and cultural agencies, as well as communications and news professionals. Lunch and a tour of the Varsity Center for the Arts will conclude the workshop.

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.

For more information on the IHC Community Grants Program, visit, e-mail, or call 312.422.5580.


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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