Donor Name: Illinois Humanities
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $2,000
Vision Grants are $2,000 grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations to carry out planning and evaluation projects related to their work in the humanities, as well as to conduct DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) workshops and trainings. These grants are intended for smaller organizations and applicants must have an annual budget of $1 million or less.
Illinois Humanities believes that planning plays a critical role in smaller groups’ ability to successfully carry out humanities initiatives. Especially for groups that wish to delve into more interactive public humanities programming or target new audiences, planning grants can help develop a series, explore collaborations, or look into harnessing digital technology or other tools. They believe that better planning leads to stronger programming, and that stronger programmatic initiatives can lead to stronger organizational vitality. Vision grants can also be used for succession planning.
Working with consultants to conduct research, provide training, and help develop evaluation tools is entirely acceptable. Projects can include convening scholars, bringing together or surveying audience members, traveling around the state to research an initiative, and other activities that will help groups conduct planning.
In addition, Vision grants can be used for groups to go through workshops and trainings meant to help them become more effective as anti-racist organizations, as well as more intentional in holistically addressing gender, class, sexuality, disability/ability and other issues.
Through this grant, they hope to learn more along with the grantees about the following questions:
- What is the role of planning in delivering high-quality humanities programming?
- What does this planning actually look like?
- Does effective planning help smaller humanities groups increase their sustainability?
- How can humanities, arts, and cultural organizations become more effective as anti-racist and intentionally more equitable actors in their communities?
For more information, visit Illinois Humanities.