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.
|DUNS Information Sheet|
|Program Schedule Template (scholars must be listed here)|
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|
|Scholar’s Contributed Services and Evaluation Form|
|Host Evaluation Form|
|Participant Evaluation Form|
|Financial Report Form|