The Big Read Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read initiative is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected
Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012
Organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Organizations should consider the following when determining their grant request:
Community population— the suggested grant range for applicants from a small community with fewer than 50,000 residents is $2,500–$7,500; the suggested grant range for applicants from larger cities and towns is $7,500–$20,000.
Number of activities planned—applicants demonstrating innovative and detailed plans to host more than the minimum required activities (see Event plans) should consider requesting grants at the upper end of the grant range.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The 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.
To learn more about The Big Read, including current programming, visit www.NEABigRead.org.
The Big Read
2908 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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