National Endowment for the Arts: Big Read
The Big Read broadens understanding of the world, communities, and people through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, panel discussions, lectures, art exhibits, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet.
Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile community leaders and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.
Applicants must choose one of the 30 available reading selections (see: https://www.arts.gov/partnerships/nea-big-read).
Amount: Grants range from $5,000-$15,000. Approximately 75 organizations will be awarded. A one-to-one match with non-federal funds such as staff salaries and wages, private grants, in-kind contributions, and earned revenues is required.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library located within the U.S. or its territories. Eligible applicants include organizations such as arts centers, arts councils, arts organizations, colleges and universities, community service organizations, environmental organizations, fairs and festivals, faith-based organizations, historical societies, housing authorities, humanities councils, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, trade associations, and tribal governments. Local education agencies, school districts, and state and regional education agencies are eligible. Organizations that are not libraries must partner with a library.
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