Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 'Mini Grants'

Friends groups in Minnesota are often deeply involved in their library’s children’s and young adult programming. In some cases, Friends involvement is limited only by lack of available funds. If this describes you, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation wants to help.

Established in the 1960s by the Caldecott Medal winning writer and children’s book illustrator, the Foundation continues strong today. Its primary focus remains to foster the ideals Keats valued most: creative expression, teamwork, and diversity.

Minigrants, one of its flagship and most popular programs, offers awards of $500 to public school and library teams looking to create special, enriching activities for school-aged children outside of the standard curriculum. Popular examples include bookmaking workshops, community or multicultural ‘portrait projects,’ pen pal initiatives, and the creation/performance of plays. 

The Foundation will distribute approximately 60 grants to worthy applicants next year. Applications are due March 31, 2017. All winners will be notified in May. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details. A little planning goes a long way, so don’t delay!