Illinois Humanities works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus areas of public policy, media & journalism, business, and art. Using the humanities as tools to stimulate discussion, we create experiences across Illinois through programming, events, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter.
Illinois Speaks micro-grants are $250 grants to individuals and organizations to host public discussions about contemporary issues. These grants allow more people to act as trained facilitators or moderators of public discussion across the state of Illinois.
Illinois Humanities cares that public events are as inclusive as possible; Illinois Speaks applicants can check a box to request an additional $100 to provide accessibility services (e.g., American Sign Language translation).
The grants will be paid not to individuals but to the host nonprofit, school, library, church, university or college, or other nonprofit civic institution with which they partner.
Proposals to host Illinois Speaks dialogues should be sent before one of our four 2017 deadlines: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.
For additional information and to apply, visit the website: https://www.ilhumanities.org/program/community-grants/