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.
New! 2015 Update
ALERT: Due to severe weather across the U.S., we pushed back the Mini-Grant deadline, to March 31, 2015.
What’s Different this Year
• New name: EJK Minigrants are now EJK Mini-Grants, for easier web searching.
• More eligible programs: EJK Mini-Grants now fund programs that support the Common Core Standards within the curriculum as well as the kinds of special projects we have always encouraged.
• Earlier report deadline: Final Reports are now due by June 1.
Mini-Grant & the Common Core
There is big change afoot for Mini-Grants in 2015: Applicants 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
A selection of projects that are creative, innovative, fun ► Read More
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