Sponsorships & Grants

Support from corporate, government, and foundation sources is essential to fulfilling our central goal of encouraging an appreciation of Emily Dickinson's unparalleled poetry.

Sponsor a Program or Event

The Emily Dickinson Museum is among America’s greatest literary treasures. Dedicated to preserving and spreading the legacy of one of America’s best-loved poets, the Museum has enjoyed a growing audience with a 40% increase in just two years and over two million website hits each year. We offer a dynamic variety of programs for audiences ranging from poetry lovers and history buffs to educators and tourists from around our region and around the world. In addition to our highly-rated tours, we’ve offered art exhibits, rock concerts, and films to showcase the considerable influence of the poet.

We appreciate the support of our business partners in bringing these programs to the public and strengthening one of this country's unique cultural sites. Call 413-542-5084 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Grant Support

The Emily Dickinson Museum is grateful for grant support from government agencies and foundations.

These grants have enabled us to launch new initiatives and develop new programs with the ulimate goal of encouraging an ever more informed appreciation of Emily Dickinson's work.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

With the help of a $105,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Emily Dickinson Museum has created an audio tour of the Dickinson grounds and completed a Furnishings and Exhibit Plan for the two historic homes.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH supported "Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Person, and Place," a two-week professional development workshop in July 2009 for 80 educators from all over the United States who teach at Kindergarten through twelfth grade levels.


Massachusetts Cultural Council

A portion of the Emily Dickinson Museum's operating funds is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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National Endowment for the Arts

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Read all about The Big Read at www.neabigread.org.

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Poetry Foundation

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation provided Reader's Guides and Teacher's Guides for the launch of The Big Read: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Spring 2009. The Big Read: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson is part of a pilot initiative created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, to celebrate great American poets and the nation's historic poetry locales.