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.
Multiplier Grants are our largest grant category (maximum $15,000). They are meant to support collaborative projects in the public humanities. Examples of Multiplier Grants might include a number of groups coming together in a given city or town to form a working group trying to attract young families, the development of a citywide plan for nurturing the humanities, or a group of libraries or historical societies working collectively to bolster their public engagement in creative ways.The deadlines for this grant line are: January 15th, May 15th, and September 15th.