Program Description

Note: Application procedures and forms will be available on March 15th. The first application deadline is May 15th. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Mark Hallett (

We fund projects throughout the state that bring people together for inquiry and conversation – discussing and learning about the digital humanities,  targeting and engaging new audiences, making public humanities programming more engaging and interactive, and increasing strategic planning and sustainable collaboration. These changes reflect our evolving commitment to exploring and supporting the public humanities – we’d like your organization to join us in this journey.

We hope over the coming year to work with our grantee partners to better understand where the public humanities are headed. It’s been said over and over that the old model was the professor at the lectern, speaking to a quiet public, and that the new model engages audiences and takes their expertise seriously. But what does this really look like? What are creative models for this new direction in the public humanities? How can we assess the quality and impact of high-quality and engaging programming? How can high-quality programming help build or strengthen community engagement?

Below are our grantmaking guidelines and more information to help guide you. Please reach out for advice on the process or on a project you are considering. Simply email or call 312.374.1555 for more information. We are here to help, and look forward to getting to know your work.

Si Ud. quiere más información en español, puede hablar con Mark Hallett: / (312) 374-1555.

Grant Categories


2015 Funded Grants