Four Sauk Valley agencies win $5,000 humanities grants

Four Sauk Valley agencies are among the recipients of $1.4 million in COVID-19 relief and recovery grants being distributed by Illinois Humanities.

The Lincoln Highway Interpretive Center in Franklin Grove, the Savanna Historical Society, the Thomson Depot Museum and Flagg-Rochelle Public Library each received a $5,000 grant.

The funding will support public humanities organizations in communities whose residents have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and that often are bypassed by traditional funding streams due to their size, organizational capacity, or geographic location, Illinois Humanities Sarah Sommers said in news release.

The money is coming from its largest grant pool in the organization’s history, and will be shard by 254 organizations in 72 counties.

The grants combines funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities received through the American Rescue Plan Act and private donations.

Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a statewide nonprofit organization that activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement.

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