NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read grants

What does an NEA Big Read grant entail?

NEA 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, 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. Activities focus on one book or poet from the NEA Big Read library.

Can I choose any book?

Applicants must select one of the following 28 titles for their proposed NEA Big Read:

Which organizations are eligible?

Applicant organizations for NEA 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 organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

What is provided with the grant?

In addition to grant funds, organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources produced for their chosen book, and limited quantities of promotional materials.

When does the application open?

Each October, Arts Midwest posts a new set of Guidelines and Application Instructions and opens the online application. Applications are due at the end of January. Award notifications occur in April and organizations conduct their NEA Big Read programming at any point between September and June.

Thinking about applying?

Questions?
Contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or neabigread@artsmidwest.org.


NEA 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, 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. Activities focus on one book or poet from the NEA Big Read library.

Use the sign-up form below to receive information about future application cycles and timelines.



The Big Read

Get involved with NEA Big Read!
Learn More

printfooter-logos
© Arts Midwest