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National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant 2020-2021 Open for Applications

Nonprofit organizations and communities across the nation are encouraged to apply for a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant, now open for applications. Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have released the 2020-2021 guidelines that outline eligibility and program requirements. The NEA Big Read annually supports community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single book, that aim to promote active reading and thinking.

By sharing a book together and by engaging in literary-inspired programming, participants have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world, their community, and themselves. Complete information on the NEA Big Read is available on the application process webpage.

This year in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the NEA Big Read has added four classic works of literature by women authors to its list of available books. The four books are:

Also new to this year’s book list is An American Sunrise, a collection of poems by U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo, and the novel Circe, a retelling of the life of a Greek mythological goddess, by Madeline Miller. In total, 32 books will be available for NEA Big Read programs that take place between September 2020 and June 2021. The full list is available on the Art Midwest’s website.

Eligible applicants include public libraries, colleges and universities, arts organizations, museums, humanities councils, school districts, historical societies, and more.

Application deadline: January 29, 2020

Interested applicants are asked to first complete an intent to apply form. This intent is required for any applicant regardless of past award history and is nonbinding.


Contact the NEA Big Read team at 612.238.8010 or [email protected]