Common Good Reads Discussion Grant

Common Good Reads funds reading and discussion programs for public libraries, Adult Basic Education programs or other community organizations that respond to Mass Humanities’ thematic initiative Negotiating the Social Contract and make use of Pulitzer Prize-winning literature and journalism. We ask applicants to create a multi-session public program that uses works from Mass Humanities’ Common Good Reads Resource Guide or other Pulitzer Prize winning readings. In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited (see our Engaging New Audiences initiative) and programming that responds to our current theme Negotiating the Social Contract. Scholars who would like to be added to the Common Good Reads discussion leaders list should fill out the scholar involvement form.

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Essentials for Applicants

  • Any Massachusetts public library, Adult Basic Education program, or other community non-profit organization may apply.
  • Discussion facilitators must be confirmed at the time of application.
  • Applicants may request a maximum of $1,500 or $2,500 (see guidelines for maximum amount eligibility).
  • Download and read the the discussion grant guidelines for Common Good Reads document before submitting an application. Full instructions on how to apply online can be found in the guidelines or here.


Programs must take place during the 2016 calendar year.  Applications may be submitted online any time until September 2016.  Proposals that meet the thematic and other requirements are funded on a first come first served basis.  Notification is within three weeks after submission of the application. Note: Allow at least two months between the submission of your proposal and your first program for adequate preparation and publicity.


The application process is online. Most of the documents listed below are available through links in the
online application process.

  Guidelines   pdf icon
  Budget Form word pdf
  Contract Form word pdf pdf icon
  Coordinator`s Guide word pdf pdf icon
  DUNS Information Sheet pdf icon
  Program Schedule Template (scholars must be listed here) word pdf

Post Funding/Reporting Documents

Grantees are assigned reporting documents and file their reports in the online application system.
Required reports are assigned to you. Log on to complete your reports.

  Evaluation & Narrative Reporting Guidelines word pdf pdf icon
  Scholar’s Contributed Services and Evaluation Form word pdf
  Host Evaluation Form word pdf
  Participant Evaluation Form pdf icon
  Factual Report word icon pdf icon
  Financial Report Form word pdf  

Grant Publicity Requirements, click here.

Common Good Reads is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work. For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.