Enews June 2021 Volume II

Illinois Humanities Enews Archive

Gabrielle Lyon

Read Time 3 minutes
June 15, 2021

Dear Community Members,

I am writing to share two important new funding opportunities:
COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY GRANTS – Open now; Deadline July 15, 2021

Illinois Humanities will distribute $1,000,000 to Illinois-based humanities and cultural nonprofit organizations thanks to funding from NEH through the American Rescue Plan and support from generous individuals. These grants are intended to help ensure the survival and resilience of Illinois’s critical humanities and cultural nonprofits during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

general operating grants range from $5,000-$10,000 and are available to humanities-based nonprofit organization with budgets under $2M;
humanities project grants in the amount of $5,000 are available to all eligible nonprofits throughout Illinois.

Click here to watch an information session about this funding opportunity and other resources available to support reopening and recovery for public humanities organizations and programs. We will host a drop-in session on Friday, June 18 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (CDT) to guide people through the grant application and/or answer any questions. Please join us via zoom.

Haga clic en este enlace para ver la misma información en español.

ENVISIONING JUSTICE GRANTS Open June 15; Deadline September 1, 2021

Envisioning Justice Grants support the creation or expansion of projects in communities across Illinois that respond to the impacts of mass incarceration and work to envision a society that is restorative, healing, and just for all. These grants are open to individuals and nonprofit organizations in Illinois.

Please help us spread the word (we’ve provided social media language below).

If you or others have questions, please reach out to Mark Hallett, directors of grants programs, at mark.hallett@ilhumanities.org.

Please stay well,
Executive Director

PS: To read about the ways in which humanities organizations have been impacted by COVID-19 and, in turn the ways in which our public humanities sector in Illinois is helping mitigate the devastating effects of the pandemic on our communities, check out our report, On Wisdom and Vision.

Help us spread the word!

Share this on Twitter:

APPLY NOW: To help ensure the survival of Illinois’ humanities & cultural nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis, @ILhumanities has opened a new round of COVID-19 Emergency Relief & Recovery Grants w/ funding from @NEHgov & the #AmericanRescuePlan. Deadline to apply is July 15.


Share this on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn:

APPLY TODAY: The COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants application process is NOW OPEN. These grants will help ensure the survival of Illinois’s critical humanities and cultural nonprofits during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. With funding provided by @nehgov and the #AmericanRescuePlan, awards will range between $5,000 and $10,000. The deadline to submit an application is July 15.

For more info go to ilhumanities.org/reliefgrants. #ARP #SHARP #ILHumanities #COVIDRelief


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.

Learn more at ilhumanities.org