Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to eligible organizations committed to providing innovative and artistic opportunities for children that support creative expression. Educators are challenged to develop a project or program on a budget of $500 or less.
Ezra Jack Keats was an accomplished writer and children’s book illustrator. He won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for illustrating The Snowy Day. Keats was a lifelong artist who illustrated over 85 books, and wrote and illustrated 22 children’s books. The EJK Foundation continues his legacy by encouraging children’s talents through art and literacy programs in public schools and libraries.
The EJK Foundation Mini-Grant Program is an excellent opportunity to fund a project or program that may not be possible under current budget restrictions. Organizations like public schools or public libraries that serve children from preschool to 12th grade are eligible. The goal of the EJK Mini-Grants is to encourage educators to create an unconventional experience for students that will inspire creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community.
Below are a few examples of projects supported by the Foundation in the past.
- A mural
- A story walk
- A quilt
- A theatre production
- A newspaper or other publication
- An intergenerational activity
- A program that brings disparate communities together
Applications may only be submitted online. The deadline is March 15th at 11:59 pm. Grant awards will be announced by May 1st.
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