National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program

Arts Midwest is seeking applications for its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program to inspire conversation and discovery.

Donor Name: Arts Midwest

Country: United States

State: All States

Type of Grant: Endowment

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/26/2022

Size of the Grant: $5,000 to $20,000

Grant Duration: 1 year


The National Endowment for the Arts 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.

Activity Period

Programming Dates: September 1, 2022—June 30, 2023.

Application accessibility

The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest strive to provide accessibility services and accommodation solutions to ensure that people of all abilities are included. Arts Midwest staff is available to assist with adapting processes to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunity to apply.

Funding Information

Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 each.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organizations for NEA Big Read must be a 501c(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. They 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.

For more information, visit National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.