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Announcing Grants for "The Big Read"

Here is an opportunity for those working on D & D and the arts, and especially those who are interested in using works of literature to start conversations: the Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (www.nea.gov), have announced the third deadline for the Big Read program. The purpose of the program is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 each are available to encourage local communities to inspire literary reading through the program. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will receive a grant, financial support to attend a national orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials for broad distribution, an organizer’s guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, inclusion of the organization and its activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately 120 organizations of varying sizes across the United States will be selected in this funding cycle. Funded activities should be scheduled to take place between January and June 2008. The complete Request for Proposals can be downloaded at the Big Read Web site: www.neabigread.org. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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