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NEA Big Read


Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

Contact:Dana Setterholm, Program Associate
Arts Midwest
2908 Hennepin Ave. Ste. 200
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Phone: 612.238.8010; 612.238.8054 (Joshua Feist, Program Director for questions)
Description:NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), managed by Arts Midwest. It is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. NEA Big Read provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to read and discuss a single book. NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs that 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.

Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state, local, or tribal government; or tax-exempt public libraries. Applicant organizations must partner with a library (if the applicant itself is not a library). Eligible applicants include organizations such as arts centers, arts councils, arts organizations, colleges and universities, community service organizations, literary centers, museums, school districts, tribal governments, and more. University and college applicants must partner with a library that is not directly affiliated with their educational institution. Grants must be matched 1-to-1 with nonfederal funds. Applications must be submitted online.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter
Award(s):Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000.
Deadline(s):Applications are due January 26, 2017.
Focus:Community Involvement, Library/Media, Literacy, Adult, Literacy, PreK-12
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult, Higher Ed, PreK
Content Area(s): Reading/English/Language Arts
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