Public education is one of the greatest legacies of our country, one that benefits children from every walk of life. For Keats, it was at public school that he received encouragement to pursue his vocation as an artist. And the public library was a haven that introduced him to the wonders of art history.
To offer a similar experience to new generations, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation created Mini-Grants: awards of up to $500 given to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. EJK Mini-Grants give educators, whose efforts are often inadequately funded or recognized, a opportunity to design and implement a great program—whether a special activity outside the standard curriculum or one that helps meet its goals.

Mini-Grant & the Common Core

girls_tableApplicants no longer have to step outside the curriculum to create a special project for students. They can also design programs for the curriculum, in support of the Common Core standards their students need to meet.
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Great Mini-Grant Programs

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Award Winners

2015 Winners – Coming Soon
2015 Press Release
Past Recipients

Application Basics

Who: Public schools, public libraries, public preschool programs
Where: The United States and U.S. commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam
Limit: Only one application per library or school will be considered
Not eligible: Private schools, parochial schools and charter schools

How to Apply

Your Questions, Our Tips
Video Tutorial & Guidelines
Application Form