[Libs-Or] NEA Big Read Grant Opportunity

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Tue Nov 6 13:50:03 PST 2018


Greetings! Please see below for information about a new grant opportunity from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest. There are a lot of details included in this email, so please read through carefully if you think you might apply for this grant.


Source: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest
Deadline: 01/24/2019

Term of Contract:
Programming Dates: September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 Recommended length of proposed programming is one month.

Overview:
Approximately 75 grants will be awarded across the nation ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and public libraries for community reading programs and book events. Funding is intended to support keynote sessions, lectures by authors, panel discussions, writing contests, performances, and book discussions in communities throughout the Country. In addition to a cash grant, recipients receive access to online training resources, digital resources, and promotional materials to encourage community participation.

Details:
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read broadens one's understanding of the world, its communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

NEA Big Read applicants submit proposals to host a series of community events presented at a variety of locations over the course of one month or longer. Events use the same NEA Big Read book as a point of departure and encourage participants to engage both with the book and fellow community members. Each NEA Big Read program includes: a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile leaders and other local luminaries; major events inspired by the content and themes from the book (e.g., panel discussions and author readings); artistic events related to the book (e.g., art/writing contests, film screenings, and theatrical performances); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.

Read the project guidelines: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/guidelines

Pre-proposal Conference:
The NEA Big Read November 2018 Webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 2:00 PM EST.

Led by NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls and Arts Midwest s NEA Big Read Program Director Joshua Feist, the webinar will discuss the six new books in the NEA Big Read Library for 2019-20, as well as success stories and programming ideas for the library s other titles. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about the books and their authors, as well as about the application process.

To register for the Webinar: https://conference.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1212691&tp_key=ee071981c1

About the Webinar: https://www.arts.gov/event/2018/nea-big-read-november-2018-webinar

For more information about the books, examples of past programming, and other resources: http://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/

About the Program: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/about

Application Process: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/application-process

Application Advice: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/application-advice

FAQs: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/faqs

Contact Information:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the 2019-2020 NEA Big Read intent to apply form: https://cloud4good.tfaforms.net/386057

For any questions, or to schedule a 15-minute consultation with Arts Midwest staff, contact:
neabigread at artsmidwest.org<mailto:neabigread at artsmidwest.org>
612.238.8010



Cheers,
Darci Hanning, MLIS
Public Library Consultant / CE Coordinator
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