Funders: Nat’l Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest; Opportunity: 2017 Big Read; Funding Focus: Literacy; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits, governments, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, humanities councils, literary festivals and arts organizations.; Funding (estimated): 75 grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 each (a 1:1 match is required); Deadline (tentative): January.
Summary: Grants officials tell us they will soon launch this competition emphasizing the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.
The Big Read provides grants and comprehensive resources supporting efforts to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet. Grant size will be determined based on community population, number of activities planned and overall strength of the application. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising and venue rental. For a list of the most recent grantees, please visit www.neabigread.org/program_history.
Middle and high schools can participate as partners. Each partnership must include a library, and officials suggest a library applicant receives preference. The application is at: http://tinyurl.com/CDP20qrk
Info: Arts Midwest, 612/238-8010; TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org