[Libs-Or] The Big Read => Apps to be Official Community Organization Due 1/28

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Fri Jan 17 14:57:41 PST 2014

"The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs in selected communities.

Through The Big Read, selected communities come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. In addition, The Big Read provides comprehensive information about the authors and their works in the Our Books section of The Big Read website.

Big Read grantees comprise a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including but not limited to arts, culture, and science organizations; boys & girls clubs; colleges and universities; festivals; foundations; libraries; media outlets; municipalities; and YMCAs. Each community's Big Read includes a kick-off event to launch the program; activities devoted specifically to its Big Read selection (e.g., panel discussions, lectures, public readings); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings, theatrical readings, exhibits); and book discussions in diverse locations aimed at a wide range of audiences...

Selected organizations receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to support their Big Read projects. One of the major benefits of The Big Read for selected community organizations is the availability of high-quality educational and promotional materials provided at no cost to the organizations....

...Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Grants must be matched 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental..."

Programming runs from September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, and the application deadline is January 28, 2014.

FAQ: http://www.neabigread.org/faq.php
Application: http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php
Books: http://www.neabigread.org/books/
Sign up for email notifications about future Big Reads: http://neabigread.us1.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=a44870f348f3bd3093ece2b43&id=bcefbaa8e0


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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