Community Grants Program

The Illinois Humanities Council gives Community Grant support to Illinois nonprofit organizations to develop public humanities programs for Illinois audiences and to provide technical assistance or general support to help accomplish their core humanities missions.

  • Read our guidelines. Next application deadlines: January 15, 2015
  • Our Audience Profile Survey forms have recently been updated! Grantees are required to distribute Audience Profile Surveys at all IHC grant-sponsored events. Download a copy the latest survey.
  • View photos from projects funded by IHC Community Grants.

The IHC's community grants program accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations that have a story to tell about Illinois or who have a way to use the humanities to enrich community life. We also accept proposals from organizations looking for 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 in the right sidebar.

The IHC conducts grant and humanities resources workshops several times a year throughout the state. In the fall and spring workshops are held at our offices in Chicago, central, eastern, western and southern Illinois communities. To speak with an IHC Program Officer about applying for IHC funds or attending a grant workshop, please call 312.422.5580 or email

Grant Recipients

GrantGrantee OrganizationAward
'Collecting Paradise' Public ProgramsNorthwestern University$2,500
'In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East' Fall Programming SupportThe University of Chicago$5,000
2014 Bishop Hill ChautauquaBishop Hill Heritage Association$1,400
Bronzeville: Dawn of the Soul EraChicago Blues Museum$3,000
CAA Archeology Day 2014Center For American Archeology$2,770
Chi Voices: A Poetic Film SeriesInstitute for Positive Living$2,478
Chosen (Custody of the Eyes) - Academic Advisory Group Meeting (content and distribution)The Living Library Trust$5,000
COUNT ME IN documentaryPercolator Films$5,000
Dance Me a Story: Exploring Literature through BalletBallet Quad Cities$5,000
Education Partnerships (formerly known as 'Creative Writing School Residencies')Young Chicago Authors$5,000
Evolving Culture in the CarribbeanThe Puerto Rican Arts Alliance$5,000
From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois exhibit programsCompany of Folk$4,600
History, HistoryNortheastern Illinois University - Art History Department$5,000
How to Make a Smart Museum Video SeriesThe University of Chicago$5,000
Illinois Poetry Correspondence ProgramSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville$2,500
Jewish History In the Quad CitiesPutnam Museum of History and Natural Science$2,500
Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People's History of House & Chicago Social CultureHoney Pot Performance$2,000
Lunch Talks @ CAFChicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)$2,500
Nelson Algren: the End is Nothing, the Road is AllNear Northwest Arts Council$5,000
Orlando: Writing the World Across the CenturiesNorthern Illinois University$4,500
Race: Are We So Different - A Living HistoryNear Northwest Arts Council$5,000
SSAS General Support Grant ApplicationSouth Suburban Archaeological Society (SSAS)$2,085
Summer Speaker Series on the Intersection of History, Law, and Social JusticeCitizen Advocacy Center$5,000
Sundown in K-Town 2014: Musical Notes on the NeighborhoodBetter Boys Foundation (BBF)$5,000
The Beast Program SeriesHyde Park Art Center$5,000
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A 50 Year CommemorationCarbondale Community Arts, Incorporated$1,000
The Community Saturday School: Developing Family Literacy through the Literature of the African DiasporaUrbana-Champaign Independent Media Center$3,333
The Journey of Indian Immigrants in AmericaIndo-American Center$5,000
Traces & Byways DiscoveredPutnam County Public Library District$4,832
Writers Talk Series: Voices Without Borders 2 The Enduring Relevance of Octavio PazInstituto Cervantes of Chicago$5,000