Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Accepting Mini-Grant Applications
DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2016
Established by children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories to its mini-grants program.
The program is intended to support projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. The funding program will award grants of up to $500 to educators to create special activities outside the standard curriculum and make time to encourage their students. Projects funded in the past include murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, newspapers and other publications, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together. Starting in 2016, mini-grants also will fund programs that support the Common Core Standards within the curriculum.
In honor of Ezra’s 100th birthday, the foundation is calling for all mini-grant proposals submitted through March 2016 to have a Keats theme. Every program, from puppet shows to science projects, should be informed by one or more aspect of Keats’s books, life, and vision.
Public schools and public libraries are eligible to apply. Preschool Head Start programs also are eligible. Only public organizations are eligible; private and parochial schools should not apply. Charter schools also are ineligible. Applicants must be located in the U.S. or its commonwealths or territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Only one application from each library or school will be considered.