Get your community on the same page! Big Read grants available

Get your community on the same page! Big Read grants available

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment.

Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Funding ranges from $2,500 to $20,000.

Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected to read, discuss, and celebrate with their communities 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 Books & Guides section of The Big Read website.

A new title has been added to The Big Read catalog this year: Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. The author grew up in Haiti, raised by her uncle, then moved to the United States with parents and siblings she hardly knew. This poignant memoir explores the contrasting lives of her uncle in Haiti and her father in America, and delves deep into themes of family, home and tradition.

The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2015 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Find the complete guidelines and application instructions online. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at (612) 238-8010 or email

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Via: Arts Midwest