Established by children's book author and illustrator
Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation accepts applications from
public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its
territories for program or event mini-grants of up to $500.The mini-grants
program is intended to support projects that foster creative expression,
collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. The funding program
provides 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. Projects funded in the
past include murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, newspapers
and other publications, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring
disparate communities together. Public schools and public libraries are
eligible to apply. Preschool head start programs also are eligible. Only public
organizations are eligible; private and parochial schools should not apply.
Charter schools also are ineligible. Only one application from each library or
school will be considered.