Illinois Humanities funds 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 the councils’ evolving commitment to exploring and supporting the public humanities.
Action Grants are project grants (up to $4,000) to nonprofit organizations located in Illinois or doing work impacting Illinois audiences. Action Grants are meant to provide support to groups that want to try out innovative approaches to public humanities programming. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations, and can include churches, libraries, colleges or universities, and others. Specifically, Action Grants cover projects or initiatives that explore the digital humanities, apply new techniques in audience engagement, and build new and diverse audiences. The deadlines for this grant line are: January 15th, May 15th, and September 15th.