How to Apply for a Mini-Grant


Before You Begin

Applications closed for this season. They will be available online again in September 2019.


  • Eligibility & Guidelines

    Who can apply?

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

    Criteria for school eligibility

  • Do’s and Don’ts


    • Instructions: These will give you a great advantage.
    • Final Report: If you receive a grant, a Final Report is required. Read the Final Report Instructions so you will be prepared to document your work.
    • Sample form : Use as a guide to plan your program and budget.
    • Program Elements: Make sure your program:
      • has a Phase 1 – introductory stage; Phase 2 – activity/engagement stage; and Phase 3 – culminating/outcome stage.
      • provides an enriched learning experience.
      • is supported solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
      • costs $500 or less.
      • is offered free of charge.
      • is implemented during the summer or school year following receipt of the Mini-Grant.
    • Application Form: After you submit, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application. Print and save the application when you receive the confirmation link. If you receive a grant you will need a copy of your application to implement your program.
    • Materials: Include only items that will be used in your program. Read more Our Policy on Materials


    • Program Elements:
      • Do not charge admission or make sales.
    • Materials:Do NOT include the following. Your application will be disqualified.
      • books, materials and equipment unrelated or incidental to the program
      • books, materials and equipment intended for reuse outside the program
      • Read more Our Policy on Materials
      • general operating and administrative costs
      • production or purchase of merchandise intended for sale
      • transportation
      • salaries
  • Dates & Information
    • Deadline: Submit by March 31, 11:59 p.m.
    • Email: Your application must include a functional email address to which you have free access. You can expect to receive emails from us.
    • Confirmation: After you submit, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application. If you don’t receive the confirmation, notify us by email at with the subject line “Mini-Grants.”
    • Mailing list: Applicants are added to the email list for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s quarterly newsletter.
    • Notification: You will be notified by email about the status of your application on or around May 1—whether or not your proposal has been accepted.
    • Checks: Mini-Grant checks will be mailed on or around May 15. Contact us if you have not heard from us by June 1.
    • Lost checks: Replacements for lost or expired award checks will be issued with a $25 deduction.
    • Final Reports: Due by June 1 of next year—approximately one year after receipt of the award check.
  • Final Report Instructions

    A Final Report with all the following elements is required as documentation of your program.


    • Report: a letter describing the program in detail, activities and attendance
      • Did you reach your program goal?
      • How did the actual program differ from your proposal?
        • What worked? What didn’t work? What would you do differently? What surprised you?
    • Statement: Provide a statement that answers these three questions.

      1) What was the most rewarding thing about the mini-grant experience for you?

      2) What was the most rewarding thing about the mini-grant experience for your students?

      3) What was the most valuable thing to you about being awarded a mini-grant?

    • Photographs of Program: (min. 8 – max. 20) Showing preparation, student engagement in activities and the final outcome.
    • Please include any of these other formats that apply:
      • announcements, flyers and articles
      • audio, video or powerpoint presentations
      • web, facebook, or social media (posts or links)

    * We accept (jpg, jpeg or png)—the photos must be sent separately even if they are also included with, or embedded in a presentation (powerpoint, pdf, or video).