The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
How to Apply: http://www.neabigread.org/guidelines.php. Visit The Big Read website for guidelines and application instructions. Those eligible may apply for a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. All applications must be submitted electronically via eGrant. 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 such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.
Background: The Big Read, managed by Arts Midwest, provides nonprofit organizations nationwide with comprehensive resources to help inspire their communities to read and discuss a single book or poet’s body of work. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read Library, which offers 36 selections from American and world literature. Previously funded projects included activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events related to the community’s chosen book or poet. High-quality, free-of-charge educational materials supplement each Big Read title, and are available for selected organizations and the public to access on neabigread.org.
For assistance with preparation of your grant application(s), please contact NEA Congressional Liaison Liz Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-682-5477. The NEA and Mint will present a webinar for prospective applicants on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at www.arts.gov. The webinar will review program elements and how to apply to the program. Free registration will be available at arts.gov at the beginning of December. To follow the conversation on Twitter, use #AIParts.