Foundation / Corporation
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 and in-kind support to USA and territories community reading programs to host events that promote books and community engagement. Funding is intended for events that use a book to encourage participants to engage with reading material and with fellow community members. Selected organizations also receive access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
Each NEA Big Read program includes a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile leaders and other local luminaries; major events inspired by the content and themes from the book (e.g., panel discussions and author readings); artistic events related to the book (e.g., art/writing contests, film screenings, and theatrical performances); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.
Funding may support supplies, artistic fees, speaker fees, project overhead costs, promotional fees, salaries, venue rental fees, travel costs, book purchases, and other expenses directly related and necessary to conduct a community-wide multidisciplinary arts program.
Applicants must choose one of the 32 reading selections from the NEA Big Read list (https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/books). Applicants that have received NEA Big Read grants must choose a different reading selection than what they have received grants for in the past.
NEA Big Read Program Proposals must include diverse and imaginative events and literacy activities at a variety of locations; and community partnerships. For specific program requirements, see the URL for Full Text.
GrantWatch ID#: 187206
Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.
September 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.
Events should take place over the course of one month or longer.
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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA) Marshall Islands (USA) Republic of Palau (USA)
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