We offer grants to support increased public access to collections that illuminate the unique culture, history and heritage of the Chicago region or the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We have particular interest in at-risk collections, creative interpretation of collections, and helping organizations expand support for digitization efforts.
Regionally-focused collections – including documents, books, maps, photographs and artifacts – help us understand who we are and how the places where we live came to be. The information gleaned from collections can be important, too, for guiding future decisions about culture and place. Having easy and engaging access to collections of art, artifacts, letters, photographs, manuscripts and maps is vital for historians, artists and the general public alike.