Activate History micro-grants

Activate History micro-grants provide $750 project-based grants to enable those who maintain local collections of various kinds (archives, texts, photos, stories, and more) to explore creative ways for community members to become more engaged with them. We see this work as encouraging individual curiosity and connections to local history; as celebrating the efforts of amateur and other local historians; and as an avenue for growing the outreach efforts of local collections– all of which helps bolster community identity. Illinois Humanities has designed this micro-grants program to be accessible with a quick turnaround, in response to the dearth of available funds for individuals and smaller entities to host discussions on history and related matters.

Deadline: September 1, 2023, 5:00 p.m.


For any questions about the grants cycle, please contact Mark Hallett, director of grant programs, at

Previously Awarded Organizations

To date, Illinois Humanities has made 160 awards through its micro-grants programs.

Note: Some organizations have received more than one micro-grant award.