Application deadline is January 28, 2015. The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000.
So…what is the Big Read? It’s a program designed to restore reading to the heart of America. It provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs and helps combat the rapidly declining number of literary reading happening through out all demographics in America.
Taken from the NEABigRead.org website:
Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.
Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.
The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalogue.
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