Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) has awarded the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame a grant of $1,000 from Federal funds for general operating support. The Illinois Arts Council Agency is a government agency of the state of Illinois formed to encourage development of the arts throughout Illinois.
For the CLHOF, this grant helps lay the foundation for a better, more stable organizational infrastructure. Since our founding, we’ve scratched and clawed our way to relevance without a traditional financial base, such as an endowment or institutional support. Meaning that we’ve relied primarily on volunteer administrative staff, an effective short-term strategy but unsustainable in the long run.
Heading into 2018, these generous funds serve as a small but important step toward realizing our organizational goal of fully funding our administrative staff, which in turn will ensure that our work moves forward without delay or interruption. The grant gives us a chance to show how much more impact our work defining, promoting, and celebrating Chicago’s literary culture can have. We're grateful to the IACA for this opportunity, and the fine work it does throughout the state.
We’re grateful to the IACA for this chance to make our project permanent and ever-vital.