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Student Arts Grants FAQs

How much can I apply for?

Students applying as individuals may request up to $750. Columbia-recognized student groups consisting of at least 50% students (undergraduate or graduate from any school) may request up to $1,500. 

Do I have to be a part of a Columbia-recognized student group to be eligible to apply?

Individual students and unrecognized student groups are eligible, and encouraged, to apply and may request up to $750.

My group is producing multiple events, should I apply for each event individually or all at once?

Groups with multiple events in one semester should consider these as a 'season' and consolidate the events into one application. Remember, applications are reviewed once per semester after a posted deadline.

Can I apply for funding for my thesis or senior project?

No. Student Arts Grants are only for non-academic, non-curricular arts projects.  No student involved in a funded project may receive academic credit for their participation.

Will the Arts Initiative underwrite my whole project? 

Because there are limitations on the kinds of expenses eligible for Student Arts Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek a variety of funding sources for their project. 

How can I use the funds?

Student Arts Grants can be used for expenses such as venue fees, Lerner tech, marketing and advertising, printing, rights and royalties, equipment rental, supplies, and materials. All items are subject to review and approval during the application process. We regret that the grants cannot be used for food items, travel costs, honoraria, or payments for services provided by individuals, with the exception of Lerner Tech fees.

What are my obligations if I am awarded a Student Arts Grant?

At the time the grant is awarded, a member of the Arts Initiative staff will reach out to set up a meeting for you to review the terms of the grant agreement and provide the documentation needed in order to transfer grant funds. At the conclusion of your project, you'll meet with us again to reconcile eligible expenses. As part of the grant reconciliation process, you’ll be required to submit receipts and paid invoices to document eligible expenses.

Grant recipients are required to include an acknowledgment of the grant on marketing and promotional materials; the specific language is included in the grant agreement. 

How is the grant money distributed to students?

Student Arts Grants are distributed on a reimbursement basis. You’ll be required to meet with a member of the Arts Initiative team to review and reconcile eligible expenses. Reconciliation must take place within 30 days of the conclusion of your event or by May 31, whichever is sooner. Awards not reconciled by the deadline are subject to forfeiture. You must submit receipts and paid invoices to document eligible expenses. Recognized student groups will receive their funds via Interdepartmental transfer to their valid University Student Group Account. Individuals will be issued a check via Columbia Accounts Payable.