Program Description:

Illinois Humanities offers grants to support the development of public humanities programs for Illinois audiences, to fund technical assistance, or to provide general support to help organizations accomplish their core humanities missions.

We accept proposals from nonprofit organizations that have a story to tell about Illinois or wish to draw upon the humanities to enrich community life. We also accept proposals from organizations seeking technical assistance or general operating support.

Because we believe the humanities should belong to everyone, we especially encourage applications from organizations that bring humanities projects to new or historically neglected audiences or communities. To view examples of grants made in the past, visit any of our Community Grant archives at the bottom of the page.

Illinois Humanities conducts grant and humanities resource workshops several times a year in Chicago and throughout the state. To speak with a member of the Illinois Humanities program staff about applying for Illinois Humanities funds or attending a grant workshop, please call (312) 374-1555 or email

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

Eligibility & Guidelines

Below is a brief overview of the grants process.  Be sure to read the entire Application Procedures Manual before sending in your application, as we require supplementary materials.

Note: Una directriz para aplicar está disponible en español. Llame a (312) 374-1555 para pedir una copia.

2015 Funded Grants