The DeKalb County History Center in Sycamore, the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center in DeKalb, and the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum in Shabbona each were awarded grant money from Illinois Humanities.
The Chicago-based group gave out 24 emergency relief grants totaling $60,000. Individual amounts to each museum were not disclosed, though the average amount is $2,500 per grant.
“Especially in this moment of duress, Illinois Humanities is proud to support not-for-profit organizations that promote the importance of the humanities in private and public life and that inspire collective action and hope,” said Illinois Humanities Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon. “These champions of the humanities make their communities and our whole state more vibrant.”
The 24 Illinois Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants are meant to help humanities organizations with budgets of $300,000 or less that are based in Illinois outside the city of Chicago.
Applicants were ranked by commitment to the humanities, budget size and location, statement of need, and the actions groups are taking to confront the programmatic and financial challenges being inflicted by the pandemic.
The grants represent the first of three rounds of COVID-19 emergency relief grants that Illinois Humanities will make between now and the end of October. The next two rounds of grants are also meant to help alleviate stress on Illinois humanities organizations. In addition to more general operating support, grants will be made that support innovation, adaption, and strengthening access to programming.
They will also be awarded for projects that make community experiences during the pandemic visible and that highlight resiliency throughout the state. These next two rounds are made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) allocations to the National Endowment for the Humanities.