Communities with a Lincoln connection offered grants for
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Applications being taken through Nov. 15
[September 18, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission encourages Illinois
communities and organizations to apply for grants that will help
commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The
commission will accept applications, available at
www.lincoln200.net, through Nov. 15.
A total of $500,000 in state appropriations will be awarded for
Lincoln Bicentennial grants. The commission awarded more than
$440,000 in grants last fiscal year to 14 projects in Illinois.
"The commission's top priority is to support programs developed
by or for Lincoln-related communities and historic sites in
Illinois," said Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Chair Marilyn Kushak. "These grant funds will help create a positive
economic impact on these communities and the state of Illinois, and
help us plan a 200th birthday celebration worthy of the Land of
The commission will provide financial assistance to organizations
and institutions offering programs that demonstrate Lincoln's
Illinois heritage and gain the maximum impact and outreach. These
grants are available to historical, educational, arts and cultural
organizations and institutions, museums, local communities and
municipalities, nonprofit institutions, and governmental agencies
and will focus on education, interpretation and special events.
Special consideration will be given to proposals with at least a
one-to-one match of cash or in-kind contributions and also to
projects having a lasting impact on their communities and the state
of Illinois. The grant funds will be awarded based on the Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's five major initiatives:
The Rural Program
Initiative -- targeting communities of 2,500 or less to assist
in programmatic opportunities.
The School Program
Initiative -- aiming to bring the bicentennial to the schools in
The Public Program
Initiative -- seeking to support educational programs presented
by community organizations, colleges, universities, libraries,
museums and other educational, arts and cultural organizations
and institutions in Illinois.
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The Legacy Projects
Initiative -- intending to create visible public legacies of the
bicentennial celebration, including enhancements to existing
public monuments or sites.
The Historic Sites
Interpretation Initiative -- designed to support the creation
and preservation of live interpretative programs at
Lincoln-related sites throughout Illinois.
Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on Feb. 12, 1809, and lived
more than 30 years of his life in the state of Illinois, leaving his
hometown of Springfield to assume duties as the country's 16th
Grant applicants may visit
www.lincoln200.net or contact:
Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
112 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, formed by
Gov. Rod Blagojevich in February 2006, is working closely with the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum, tourism agencies, and many other
institutions and organizations to organize events and programming
beginning in 2008. The commission is also partnering with local
communities on their bicentennial plans.
Illinois Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission news release received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]