Illinois Humanities connects Illinoisans through free public programs, grants, and events that make the public humanities accessible for all.

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Our Impact in 2022

For nearly 50 years, Illinois Humanities has worked throughout the state to make the public humanities accessible to all. Through grants, partnerships, and public programs, we have worked with groups of all sizes, disciplines, and stages of development to increase their local and statewide impact and support the state’s cultural ecosystem.

Explore the map to discover our vast network of grantee partners across the state and connect with a public humanities organization near you. Below, see a snapshot of how Illinois Humanities grants and programs provide free and transformative humanities experiences for all Illinoisans. 


Illinoisans served in 76 counties through grants and public programming


income-eligible adults were provided free courses in the humanities for college credit


grants awarded to small, community-based arts and culture organizations

$ 2.4 M

in total COVID-19 relief funding provided in 78 counties and every congressional district

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