April 12, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $1.6 Million In National Endowment for The Humanities Awards to Illinois Institutions


[SPRINGFIELD, IL] U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for awarding a total of $1,693,306 in grants to Illinois institutions.  Highly competitive NEH grants are awarded to projects that represent the highest level of humanities, including efforts to promote lifelong learning and preserve history.  The funding allocated to Illinois institutions will support programs ranging from preserving endangered languages to supporting advanced research.

“The humanities and arts often tell our stories and bring communities together,” said Duckworth. “I'm glad this federal support will help institutions and college students across Illinois continue fostering, sharing and promoting connection and creativity in our state.”

“Humanities play a major role in preserving history, conducting research, and strengthening teaching and learning opportunities while also connecting communities and sharing their stories,” said Durbin.  “The federal funding allocated to Illinois’ humanities programming will go far in supporting our nation’s diverse history and traditions.”


The following Illinois institutions have been awarded funding:

  • University of Chicago: $225,169 for documenting and preserving endangered languages
  • Art Institute of Chicago: $40,000 for exhibition planning
  • Chicago Public Art Group: $40,000 for exhibition planning
  • Loyola University, Chicago: $149,363 for humanities connections implementation
  • North Central College: $35,000 for humanities connections planning
  • Evanston History Center: $133,370 for infrastructure and capacity building challenge grants
  • University of Chicago: $999,000 for infrastructure and capacity building challenge grants
  • Elmhurst University: $59,404 for spotlight on humanities in higher education
  • North Central College: $6,000 for summer stipends
  • Northwestern University: $6,000 for summer stipends