Press Release

Illinois Humanities Council Awards $32,360 in Grants; Next Cycle Ends Soon

CHICAGO, IL- June 13, 2013—The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Board of Directors has awarded a total of $32,360 to eight nonprofit organizations across Illinois for development and production of public humanities projects. Community support for these projects totaled $345,937. The grantees are: 

  • Love and Labor: Domestic Workers as Community DocentJane Addams Hull House Museum ($5,000) Funding to support a community engagement project where  domestic workers will partner with professional museum educators to co-facilitate tours, serve as docents, and conduct free educational public humanities events for the museum’s latest exhibit, “Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics.”  
  • Telling My Family’s Story Projectthe University of Chicago ($5,000) Funding to support an after school oral history program at John W. Garvy Elementary School and Ellen Mitchell Elementary School in Chicago that will be held in conjunction with the Oriental Institute’s exhibit, Our Work: Modern Jobs- Ancient Origins. 
  • 2013 Bishop Hill ChautauquaBishop Hill Heritage Association ($1,300) Funding to support The Bishop Hill Heritage Association’s Chautauqua – a theatrical presentation involving elements of historical reenactment – on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

The IHC invites nonprofit organizations to apply for its next cycle of grant awards by July 15, 2013. Any nonprofit group, organization, or institution is eligible to apply for financial support from the lHC. The IHC funds public projects in the humanities, including documentary films, local and community history projects, literary symposia, and oral history projects. Nonprofits 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 Please call 312.422.5580 or send an email to IHC program officers are 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

About the Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. 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.  

Media Contact:
Carlos Velázquez
(312) 422-5580, x233