Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants
|Source:||Ezra Jack Keats Foundation|
|Program:||Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants|
|Eligibility:||Public schools and public libraries (in the US, US Commonwealths and US Territories) are eligible for the EJK Minigrant Program. Preschool Head Start programs are also invited to apply for Minigrants. Only public organizations are eligibleâ€”private and parochial schools should not apply. (Charter schools are also ineligible, because of differences from traditional public schools such as curriculums, budgets, hiring practices and funding sources.)Â|
Public education is one of the greatest legacies ofÂ our country, one that benefits children from everyÂ walk of life. For Keats, it was at public schoolÂ that he received his greatest encouragement toÂ pursue his vocation as an artist. And the publicÂ library was a haven that introduced him to theÂ wonders of art history.
To offer a similar experience to new generations, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation created a funding initiative called Minigrants, through which awards of $500 are given to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. They also represent an opportunity for educators, whose efforts are often inadequately funded or recognized, to create special activities outside the standard curriculum and make time to encourage their students.
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