Program Description

Application deadlines for 2021 Vision, Action, and Multiplier grants are 5PM CST on January 15, May 15, and September 15.

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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 more inspired version of the public humanities? How can we document the impact of high-quality and engaging programming? How can high-quality programming help build or strengthen community?

Illinois Humanities cares that public events are as inclusive as possible. Because of this, grant applicants may check a box to request up to an additional $250 to provide accessibility services (e.g., American Sign Language translation or Communication Access Realtime Translation, etc), as well as other resources such as providing transportation to and from events for those with limited mobility, etc. In the 5 years since this additional stipend was added, 46% of projects that were funded have included it.

Below are our grantmaking guidelines and more information to help guide you. Specifics on each grants category 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) 422-5586 for more information.

Note: As of the Sept. 15, 2020, Community Grants application cycle we are now using Foundant as a grants platform. We’ve made this switch because this dedicated platform includes features such as being able to start a process (such as filling out a Letter of Intent, or LOI) and being able to return to finish it later, plus other features such as being able to view your organization’s grants history with Illinois Humanities, etc. We hope you enjoy it! Please share feedback with us on what is and isn’t working well, by sending comments to

Si Ud. quiere más información en español, puede hablar con Mark Hallett: / (312) 422-5586.

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