2017-2018 NEA ‘Big Read’ Grants Available

If your Friends of the Library group is looking to up its programming game in 2017, consider applying for a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Sums ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available to Friends and like-minded organizations willing to host a community reads program consisting of at least a dozen separate events, including a kick-off party, keynote lecture, and around ten discussion sessions.

Communitywide reading programs proposed for any time between September 2017 and June 2018 are now eligible for consideration.  

Requested funding must be matched one-to-one with non-federal contributions, and the NEA stipulates that your Big Read revolve around one of these pre-selected book titles. This still leaves quite a bit of room for customizability, however. Funds can be applied toward book purchases, speaker fees and travel, staff salaries, advertising, and venue rentals.

Grant recipients are automatically eligible to use a variety of online training resources and professionally designed promotional and educational materials.

Click here to learn more. Apply by Thursday, January 26.