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Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling

Sponsored by National Storytelling Network
Contact:National Storytelling Network
PO Box 795
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Phone: 423.913.8201; 800.525.4514 (Toll-free)
Fax: 423.753.9331
Description:The Brimstone Award is presented to members of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) for model storytelling projects that demonstrate the capacity of storytelling to promote change in individuals and communities. Grants through this program support storytelling projects that are service oriented and, as much as possible, are replicable in other places and situations.

Many different types of projects can be considered for the award, including school-based curricular activities, short residencies, and projects combining complementary art forms. Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, professional storytelling performers need not conduct the work. Educators, therapists, naturalists, and other types of practitioners may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.

Related to educational themes, the Brimstone Award may support educational curriculum at all levels, environmental education/activism, multicultural awareness, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and intergenerational initiatives. Previous Brimstone Award recipients listed on the website include a number of projects that engage students in prekindergarten through grade 12, including storytelling combined with environmental activities, to support youth at risk from violence and substance abuse, to promote understanding of different cultures, as an educational tool in the language arts and social studies, and to help children ages four to 18 who have lost a parent or sibling. The award cannot be used to fund honoraria for performances, storytelling festivals, travel, or the purchase of equipment.

The award process requires a preliminary application, which is available online. Completed preliminary applications must be submitted to the award email address by the deadline. Projects that are selected for further consideration are invited to submit a full proposal. Finalists are notified in August, with the awards announced in September.

Note that membership in NSN is required to submit a preliminary application. Membership information is included on the form and the NSN website.
Eligibility:Private, Public, Charter
Award(s):Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded for storytelling projects.
Deadline(s):It is anticipated that preliminary grant applications are due via email April 30, annually. Please check the website for an updated 2015 application process timeline.
Focus:After School, Bullying, Character Education, Disaster Relief, Early Childhood, ELL/ESL/Bilingual, Environmental Education, General Education, Humanities, Library/Media, Migrant, Native/Tribal American, Special Needs, Underserved Populations
Grade Level(s):Higher Ed, Adult, 9-12, PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Environmental Literacy, Global Awareness
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