Illinois Humanities Awards $43,400 in Grants to 11 Organizations

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Illinois Humanities

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August 8, 2023

Eleven organizations across five counties in the state of Illinois received grant funding through our Vision and Action Grants (May 2023 cycle). Grantees were awarded in recognition of their ongoing humanities-focused missions, with support towards deepening engagement and broadening their impact across the communities they serve.

These organizations’ ingenuity in developing programs, exhibitions, and publications showcases the dedication to cultural engagement within the humanities happening in our local spaces. This group’s projects range from youth filmmaking immersion programs, site-specific theatre activations, expansions of prison libraries, and more—exploring themes such as food scarcity, mutual aid, forced displacement, and the celebration of human resiliency through storytelling.

Meet the Grantees

Of the 11 projects, seven are based in Chicago, and four are elsewhere in Illinois. They include:

The next deadline is September 1, 2023, for Active History Microgrants and September 15, 2023, for General Operating Grants. For more information, visit or contact us at

About Illinois Humanities' Grants Program

Illinois Humanities offers a variety of funding opportunities for individuals and nonprofit organizations of many sizes, disciplines, and stages of development to increase their local and statewide impact and support the state’s cultural ecosystem. Learn about available grants and read more stories about the dynamic work of our grantee partners.

Available Grants