National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award

The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2017 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, an annual award that recognizes the transformational properties of storytelling and the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities.

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, hosted by a community or organization, and replicable to some extent in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.

Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.

Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.

Preliminary proposals must be received no later than April 28, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 25, 2017.

See the National Storytelling Network website for complete program guidelines, information about previous winners, an FAQ, and application instructions. 

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