Program Description

Note: The next application deadline for Illinois Speaks micro-grants is October 15, 2017.

The next scheduled application deadline for Vision, Action, and Multiplier grants is SEPTEMBER 15, 2017. The previous two grant cycles were suspended as a result of the state’s budgetary impasse. If you have any questions regarding our grants program, feel free to contact Mark Hallett at


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.

One exciting part of this commitment is our goal of hosting or funding conversations in each of our state’s 102 counties in the lead-up to Illinois’ 2018 bicentennial. We need you to help us make this goal a reality by participating in our Illinois Speaks micro-grants.

Over the coming year, we hope 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?

Illinois Humanities cares that public events are as inclusive as possible. Because of this, grant applicants may check a box to request an additional $100 to provide accessibility services (e.g., ASL translation).

Below are our grantmaking guidelines and more information to help guide you. The deadlines for each grant can be found in the section below. 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

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2016 Funded Grants