Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program


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.

Who? Eligible organizations include arts organizations, community service organizations, colleges and universities, libraries, literary centers, school districts, theater companies, 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 submit an Intent to Apply is January 18, 2023. Completed applications are due by January 25, 2023.

Where? Learn more about the NEA Big Read application process

If you have any questions, please contact Arts Midwest at or 612-238-8024.

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