Press Release

Illinois Films, Exhibitions and Festivals Receive Support From Illinois Humanities Council

CHICAGO, IL- June 19, 2014—The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Board of Directors has awarded a total of $27,170  to seven nonprofit organizations across Illinois for development and production of public humanities projects. Community support for these projects totaled $121,058. The grantees are:

  • “Count Me In” DocumentaryPercolator Films ($5.000) Funding to support a documentary chronicling the participatory budgeting process in Chicago, where citizens determined how their local government should spend funds earmarked for infrastructure upkeep. Project is to be completed in early 2015. 

The IHC invites nonprofit organizations to apply for the next cycle of grant awards by July 15, 2014. 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.  

About the Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is an educational organization dedicated to making the humanities a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities in Illinois, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. This year, it marks 40 years of developing or funding educational activities and programs throughout the state, including lectures, seminars, performances, exhibitions, films, library discussions, and written materials – all free and open to the public. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) supported by state, federal, and private funds. 

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