Press Release

Illinois Films, Exhibitions, and Public Programs Receive Support from Illinois Humanities Council

CHICAGO, ILJanuary 14, 2015 – The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Board of Directors has awarded a total of $39,375 to nine nonprofit organizations across Illinois for development and production of public humanities projects. Community support for these projects totaled $405,489. The grantees are:

    • The Alton School Desegregation Case 100 Years Later Lewis and Clark Community College ($5,000) Funding to support an exhibition on the Alton School Case, an important milestone in race relations in Illinois at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities at Lewis and Clark Community College.
    • Downstate Illinois Vietnam Stories Illinois Public Media ($5,000) Funding to support a series of sixteen interviews about the impact of the Vietnam War on downstate Illinois, which will be developed into public media content.
    • Free at First: A Conversation with AACM Founders DuSable Museum of African American History ($5,000) Funding to support public programs in support of an exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) between February and August 2015.
    • General Support Grant Poetry Center of Chicago ($2,850) Funding to support Hands on Stanzas, poet-in-residence program at the Poetry Center of Chicago.
    • One Book, One Freeport Freeport Public Library ($4,835) Funding to support the series of public events surrounding One Book, One Freeport selection between February and April 2015.
  • Chicago’s Families Chicago Cultural Alliance ($3,740) Funding to support program series on family and food in Chicago between May and October 2015.

Any nonprofit group, organization, or institution is eligible to apply for financial support from the IHC. 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 consultations, and new applicants are encouraged to contact program officers for grant advice.

About the Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with a mission to strengthen society by fueling inquiry and conversation about the ideas and works that shape our culture. 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.