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Tuesday, November 03, 2020

NEA Big Read Grants

Deadline: January 27, 2021

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program, The NEA Big Read provides grants of up to $20,000 for community-wide reading programs (virtual and/or in-person) to bring your community together, share the joy of a good book, and find inspiration in new stories and ideas. 

Past grantees have a proven track record of successfully engaging their audiences through the power of literature and stirring up a passion for reading that persists year after year. They've also developed meaningful and lasting partnerships with other organizations in their community. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure has positive impacts on one’s health and this program can also provide entertainment and connection to community members in a time of isolation. Eligible organizations include arts organizations, community service organizations, institutions of higher education, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, tribal governments, and more!

Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations will be selected and programs should be held September 1, 2021—June 30, 2022. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. There are six titles available for 2021-2022 programming and readers and teachers guides for each book: An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories by Jack London, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

Learn more about the NEA Big Read via these grant guidelines (including a handy application checklist) and at this link: If you have any questions, please contact Arts Midwest at or 612-238-8010.

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