Five Things to Know About Illinois Humanities’ Community Grants

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Mark Hallett, Director of Grants Programs

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September 20, 2022

Applications for Vision and Action grants now open

Last year, Illinois Humanities awarded over 300 grants to dynamic cultural organizations throughout Illinois. We deeply value our relationship with these grantee partners and strive to make our grants, applications processes, and capacity building resources accessible and impactful. Based on grantee input, we are constantly improving our offerings to support the work they do to keep the public humanities vital and active in their communities.

We’re excited to share some recent updates we’ve made to our grants programming based on partner feedback as well as some reminders about our Community Grants program.

Here are five things to know about our Community Grants program…

We hope you’ll find an opportunity to support your work through our Community Grants program, and join our community of grantee partners who are building a strong network of humanities and cultural workers throughout Illinois. We are very fortunate to work in partnership with individuals and organizations doing this vital work across the state and we look forward to more collaboration!

As always, reach out with questions.

Mark & the Illinois Humanities team

Photo Credit: Professor Karen Benjamin with class touring Bronzeville with Sherry Williams as guide (from Bronzeville Black Chicagoan Historical Society’s Facebook page)


Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a statewide nonprofit organization that activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community and strengthen civic engagement. We provide free, high-quality humanities experiences throughout Illinois, particularly for communities of color, individuals living on low incomes, counties and towns in rural areas, small arts and cultural organizations, and communities highly impacted by mass incarceration. Founded in 1974, Illinois Humanities is supported by state, federal, and private funds. Learn more at and on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn @ILHumanities.