The Big Read


: Arts & Culture


A Program of the National Endowment of the Arts, the Big Read aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, the Program provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet. Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library and programs must be run between September 1 and June 30. Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging between $5,000 and $15,000. Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with non-federal funds. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Program guidelines, examples of winning applications, application instructions and other information can be found on the Web site.

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