NEA Reading Competition Now Open

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: 75 grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 each (a 1:1 match is required); Deadline: Jan. 26.

Summary: 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

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:  

Info: Arts Midwest, 612/238-8010; (questions).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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