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COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Support Operations and
Humanities Projects in the Wake of COVID-19

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Illinois Humanities

Conf. Date:

06/09/21

Deadline Date:

07/15/21 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to address organizational needs and support community projects. Eligible uses of funds include general operating costs and humanities-based projects.

General Operating Support: Illinois Humanities will provide emergency relief general operating support for humanities-based nonprofit organizations with budgets of up to $2 million. There are two funding pools: one designated for organizations based within Cook County and one designated for organizations based outside Cook County. These grants are specifically for humanities-based nonprofits, which includes cultural and ethnic organizations; history organizations; humanities museums; literature organizations; humanities education organizations; media, journalism, and documentary organizations; libraries and archives; and consortiums, alliances, and collectives of these groups.

Humanities Project Grants: Illinois Humanities will provide support for emergency relief and recovery to Illinois-based nonprofits to develop or continue humanities-based projects in 2021. These grants will support organizations that may not have an explicit humanities-based mission or scope but incorporate humanities-based programs or projects as part of their work. Examples include performing arts groups that include audience-based discussions of the work; park districts that host seminars or workshops on history, literature, or other humanities disciplines; visual arts groups or art museums that incorporate art history discussions or seminars; community-based organizations that host discussions with community members that promote civic engagement; etc. There are two funding pools: one designated for organizations based within Cook County and one designated for organizations based outside Cook County.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189435

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- General Operating Support Grants: Grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000.
- Humanities Project Grants: The Humanities Project Grants will be for $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General Operating Support Grants:
- These general operating, or unrestricted, grants are available to tax-exempt humanities-based organizations located in Illinois with an expressed and demonstrated commitment to the public humanities. This includes cultural and ethnic organizations; history organizations; humanities museums; literature organizations; humanities education organizations; media, journalism, and documentary organizations; libraries and archives; and consortiums, alliances, collectives of above-named groups. Please refer to the “What do you mean when you say a humanities organization?” section in the FAQs for explanations of these categories and examples of past grantees.
- Tax-exempt organizations with annual budgets of $2 million or less. Groups with a fiscal sponsor or agent can also apply.

The following types of organizations are ineligible for general operating support: organizations that do not have an explicit commitment to the humanities in their mission and programming; K-12 schools; universities, colleges, and academic departments; chapters of national organizations; for-profit organizations; religious organizations; and individuals.

Since these are federal funds, there are restrictions on how organizations can use general operating support; for example, organizations cannot use these funds for alcohol, lobbying, or international travel. A full list of restrictions will be included in the grant award agreement.

Humanities Project Grants:
- These project grants are eligible to the following types of organizations: Tax-exempt organizations in Illinois; public libraries; K-12 schools; universities, colleges, and academic departments; and organizations focused on the arts.

For-profit organizations and individuals are ineligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Illinois Humanities 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants - Information Session

This is a 75 minute long information session for the 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants that’ll be open to the public in May 20, 2021.

When:
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
1:00PM–2:15PM

Where: Virtual Zoom Event. RSVP for link.

Cost: Free, open to the public. RSVP is required.

Register for event: https://www.ilhumanities.org/events/illinois-humanities-2021-covid-19-emergency-relief-and-recovery-grants-information-session/#register

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for both of these opportunities is Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM (CST).

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

As required by the National Endowment for the Humanities, organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to receive funding. A DUNS number is not required to apply, however, funds cannot be awarded to organizations not registered. If you do not have a DUNS number, please register for one here: https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html
There is no cost to register. Please note that it can take up to two weeks to receive a DUNS number.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ihc

Program Coordinator:
Mark Hallett, Director of Grants Programs
mark.hallett@ilhumanities.org
(312) 422-5586

Illinois Humanities
Suite 650, 125 South Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 422-5580
(312) 422-5588 Fax
info@ilhumanities.org

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