Program Description

As a statewide nonprofit, Illinois Humanities’ mission is to activate the humanities throughout all of Illinois, particularly for counties and towns in rural areas and small arts and cultural organizations.

The Foreground Rural Initiative will strengthen the civic fabric of our state by amplifying the voices and experiences of rural communities through the arts and humanities. Illinois Humanities is excited to partner with individuals and organizations in rural communities through grant-making, capacity building, and co-created programming.

Four different images of buildings and signs in rural Illinois
Top left: Barn, west of Steeleville (Randolph County) – photograph by Candace Birdsong; Top right: Asbury Church and Cemetery, northeastern Gallatin County, resting place of Claud “Pie Plant Pete” Moye, early country music recording artist and radio personality; Bottom left: Oilfield Store, Oilfield (Clark County); Bottom right: Soybean field and Stone Seed signage along U.S. Highway 136, east-central Illinois – photograph by Bruce Morton

Grant Opportunities

image of a downtown street in rural Illinois
The west side of the town square (South Main Street) in Winchester (Scott County)

Foreground Rural Initiative is not currently accepting applications for grants.

Foreground Rural Initiative Grants consist of general, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for eligible individuals and $10,000 for eligible groups and organizations engaged in cultural work in rural Illinois communities.

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Foreground Initiative Advisory Committee