NEA Big Read

Application Process

Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in NEA Big Read from September 2017 through June 2018.

Guidelines and Application Instructions Go to guidelines
Online Application Go to application
Application deadline January 26, 2017

Thinking about applying?

Watch this short video on the application process. Transcript


Watch this webinar on the 13 new titles added to the NEA Big Read catalog.

Questions about the application process?
Contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or neabigread@artsmidwest.org.


Applicant organizations for NEA Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as arts centers, arts councils, arts organizations, colleges and universities, community service organizations, environmental organizations, fairs and festivals, faith-based organizations, historical societies, housing authorities, humanities councils, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, trade associations, and tribal governments.

Local education agencies, school districts, and state and regional education agencies are eligible. We do not fund individual elementary or secondary schools — charter, private, or public — directly. Schools may participate as partners in projects for which another eligible organization applies. If a single school also is a local education agency, as is the case with some charter schools, the school may apply with documentation that supports its status as a local education agency.

NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book. Activities focus on one book from the NEA Big Read library.

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