Call for Applications | NEA Big Read Grants

What?  The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity with grants of up $20,000 for community-wide reading programs (in-person and/or virtual).  Organizations can choose one of 15 available books.  The majority of these selections are new to the NEA Big Read program! 


Who? Eligible organizations include arts organizations, humanities councils, community service organizations, institutions of higher education, libraries, literary centers, school districts, theater companies, historical societies, museums, tribal governments, and more.


Why? Past grantees have a proven track record of successfully engaging their audiences through the power of literature and stirring up a passion for reading that persists year after year.  They've also developed meaningful and lasting partnerships with other organizations in their community, and program participants have the opportunity to meaningfully connect in-person and/or virtually.


When? The deadline to apply is January 26, 2022


Where? Learnmore about the NEA Big Read application process at this link:


For additional information, please contact Arts Midwest at or 612-238-8010.