The Big Read, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and managed by Arts Midwest, is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) organizations, public libraries, and divisions of tribal, state, and local governments, as well as museums, literary festivals, colleges, and historical societies, to develop reading programs to run between September 2013 and June 2014. These grants range in size between $2,500 and $20,000, and include promotional materials and online training resources. Across the country, approximately 75 organizations in various communities are expected to be selected. Big Read activities center on a book or poet from the Big Read Library, and may include panel discussions, film, dance, or musical events, lectures, art exhibitions, or other programming that relates to the reading choice. Previous grantees may apply again, but must select a different reading choice than before. Grants require 1:1 matching with non-federal funds, and may be used for speaker fees, travel, salaries, and other such expenses.
For complete information, application materials, and other information, please see the NEA’s web page. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2013.
The General Mills Foundation (In partnership with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation) has announced 50 awards of $10,000 to community groups such as schools, tribal agencies, and health departments to adopt creative solutions to improve youth physical fitness and nutrition habits through its Champions for Health Kids program. Project periods may take place during a school year or summer session, but a registered dietitian must be directly involved or on board as an adviser to the program to ensure that accurate, scientific nutrition information is used. Applications are due December 3 and recipients will be announced in May of 2013. For a list of past grantees and to apply, please visit the General Mills Foundation website.