How to Apply for a Minigrant
Hosted by Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
2. Who’s eligible? :30
3. All across the country :18
4. The application :54
6. The guidelines 1:01
7. What else can go wrong? 2:38
8. The maximum amount 1:10
10. The deadline 1:14
11. The final report 2:02
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION AFTER SENDING YOUR MINIGRANT APPLICATION, IT MEANS THE APPLICATION HAS NOT GONE THROUGH. PLEASE SEND IT AGAIN USING A DIFFERENT COMPUTER AND A DIFFERENT BROWSER.
1. We accept applications from public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs in the United States and U.S commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam.
2. Come up with a creative program that can be enacted by students with their teacher or librarian. Programs funded in the past have included:
• an ongoing pen pal project bringing together disparate communities
• a multicultural portrait project
• an art project culminating in an art show, a mural or a quilt
• creating and performing a puppet show
• an intergenerational journal or activity
Regard these programs as examples of the direction your project might take…we encourage new ideas.
3. To be considered, the proposed program must be supported solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
4. Before you submit, make sure that you have:
• answered every question
• included a correct contact email address to which you have free access
• initialed the application form
5. Submit the application electronically only. Do not send it through the U.S. postal system.
6. After submitting the form, you will receive an email confirmation as well as a copy of your application, indicating our receipt of your program proposal. If you do not receive a return email, it means that your application did not go through; please try again using a different computer and a different browser. Download the electronic copy into your hard drive for further reference and print out a copy for your files.
7. Only one application will be considered from any library or school.
8. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m., March 15, of each year. Notification of status will be emailed to everyone by the end of May. If, however, you have not heard from us by June 20, please contact us through our website to request information.
9. The Minigrant Final Report is due by June 30 of the academic year in which your EJK Minigrant program took place. Please do not send it requiring a signature upon delivery. The following are suggestions of what you might include in your report to convey the nature and content of your program and the response to it:
• a letter describing the program, detailing activities, attendance and response
• a brief evaluation of the program written by a colleague or an attending parent
• copies of school-wide announcement, flyers and invitations
• newspaper clippings
• copies or images of what the children created during the program
• copies of any audio or visual recordings of the program
• links to any information posted on the web as a result of the program
We accept the following formats:
• for still pictures we prefer .JPG, .JPEG or .GIF. In addition, .PNG, .TIF or .TIFF are acceptable
• for video we’ll accept a YouTube link or the following files: .FLV, .AVI, .WMV, .MPG, .MPEG and .MOV
• for documents we’ll accept .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF and .TXT
10. Minigrants do NOT pay for:
• general operating costs
• administrative costs
• transportation costs
• the purchase of books, tapes, software or equipment unrelated to the specific program described in your application
11. Applications CANNOT BE SUBMITTED for consideration if:
• every question on the form is not answered
• the form is not initialed
• the application is submitted late
• the application is sent by mail
• the same proposal is submitted for multiple schools
• the program proposed requires or has the support of another funding source besides the EJK Foundation
• the budget is vague or incomplete
• the project does not seem feasible for the award requested
12. Replacements will not be issued for lost or expired award checks or applications.