Press Release


Next Grant deadline October 15, 2011

CHICAGO The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $36,500 to eight nonprofit organizations across Illinois for development and production of public humanities projects. Community support for these projects totaled $176,069.  The grantees are:

  • Whose World? Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, Quincy ($5,000)
  • Trauma and the Humanities, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale ($5,000)
  • The Humanities for Women in Prison: The Persephone Project at Lake County Jail, Still Point Theatre Collective, Chicago ($5,000)
  • Tell the Story: The Chicago SNCC History Project 1960-1965, Sixty to Sixty-Five, Inc., Chicago ($5,000)
  • Aurora Public Library-Lead Partner in Fox Valley Reads 2011, Aurora Public Library, Aurora ($5,000)
  • Freedom Riders Public Screening, Western Illinois University, Moline ($3,000)
  • Third Coast Filmless Festival/ Sound Travels Initiative, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago ($3,500)
  • Chicago Chronicle, American Theater Company, Chicago ($5,000)

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) invites nonprofit organizations to apply for its next cycles of grant awards by October 15, 2011. Any nonprofit group, organization, or institution is eligible to apply for financial support from the Illinois Humanities Council. The IHC funds public projects in the humanities, including documentary films, local and community history projects, literary symposia, and oral history projects. Nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or less can apply for technical assistance grants, and nonprofits with a primary focus on the humanities can apply for general support grants.

Potential applicants may review and download grant applications and guidelines by visiting Those planning to apply for grants MUST contact a program officer before their selected deadline. Please call us at 312.422.5580 or send an email to IHC program officers are also available for consultation, and new applicants are encouraged to contact program officers for grant advice.

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.

For more 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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