National Endowment for the Arts Accepting “Big Read” Grant Applications

November 15, 2021

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Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Program.

The program 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 and theatrical performances.

This year, 15 books representing a diverse range of contemporary themes, voices and perspectives are available for organizations interested in applying for a Big Read grant to hold a project between September 2022 and June 2023.

According to the Arts Midwest, “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.”

The deadline for applications is Jan. 26, 2022. Learn more about the application process here.

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