Overview

Envisioning Justice Grants available through 5pm CST on September 21, 2022

Applications are now open for 2022 Envisioning Justice grants, with funding opportunities available to individuals, organizations, and organizational partnerships. Learn more and apply below.

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Grantmaking is a critical component of Envisioning Justice. Through the Envisioning Justice grants program, Illinois Humanities partners with individuals and groups throughout the state to use the arts and humanities to encourage conversations about the impact of mass incarceration and uplift community-based approaches to collective care, public safety, and accountability.

Since 2017, Illinois Humanities has provided nearly $400,000 in grants to Illinois-based individuals and organizations to develop arts- and humanities-based experiences for populations interested in addressing the disproportionate policing and incarceration of marginalized communities. In addition to providing pathways for understanding the causes of mass incarceration and its impacts, many of the projects we support invite us to grapple with questions about more just possibilities and inspire us to work together to build more affirming, engaged, and empowered communities.

Event attendees painting as a group
Image from Carbondale Public Library event funded through the 2020 Envisioning Justice grants program.

Projects are centered around a spectrum of topics, mediums, and disciplines. Illinois Humanities has supported documentary, podcast, and media production; prison education programs; conferences; public performances; and local community dialogues. You can find more information about past work this program has funded below.

If you are interested in learning more about the current grant opportunities below or would like feedback on proposal ideas, reach out to Tyreece Williams, Program Manager, Envisioning Justice, at, at tyreece.williams@ilhumanities.org.

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Statewide Grants for Individuals

These project grants are intended for individuals to carry out work using the arts and humanities to encourage conversation about the complexity of mass incarceration and illuminate community-based approaches toward justice.

Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

Amount: Maximum $5,000 for individuals

Statewide Grants for Organizations

These project grants are intended for organizations to carry out work using the arts and humanities to encourage conversation about the complexity of mass incarceration and illuminate community-based approaches toward justice.

Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

Amount: Maximum $6,000 for single organization

Statewide Grants for Organizational Partnerships

These project grants are intended for multiple organizations to carry out work using the arts and humanities to encourage conversation about the complexity of mass incarceration and illuminate community-based approaches toward justice.

Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

Amount: Maximum $12,000 for partnering organizations

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