Established by children's book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications to its mini-grants program from public schools and public. In honor of Ezra’s 100th birthday, all MiniGrant proposals should have a Keats theme. Programs, from puppet shows to science projects, should be informed by one or more aspect of Keats’s books, life and vision. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded. 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. The program will also fund activities that support the Common Core Standards. Public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs are eligible to apply. Private and parochial schools and charter schools are not eligible. Applications are due March 31, 2016. See www.ezra-jack-keats.org/how-to-apply-for-a-mini-grant/ for more information.