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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 Manager 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 or the work of a poet. 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 or poet.

Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational 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). Partnerships are encouraged with middle or high schools, working with teachers, curriculum specialists, or school librarians. Partnerships are also encouraged with such community organizations as bookstores, museums, arts organizations, local businesses, community service organizations, community centers, youth groups, senior centers, correctional institutions, community colleges, universities, social service organizations, and military installations. Kindergarten through grade 12 schools or school districts are not eligible applicants, but may serve as partners.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000. Grants must be matched 1-to-1 with nonfederal funds.
Deadline(s):Applications are due January 27, 2016.
Focus:Community Involvement, Library/Media, Literacy, Adult, Literacy, PreK-12
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult, Higher Ed
Content Area(s): Reading/English/Language Arts
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