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Updates, Eligibility, and Guidelines


Fall 2017 Arts Initiative Student Arts Grants Application Updates:

The Arts Initiative will review Student Arts Grants (Gatsby Grants) Applications once per semester per group/individual applicant. Application review for the fall 2017 semester will begin on September 5, 2017 and end on October 20, 2017 for projects taking place during fall semester. We will hold an information session on Friday, October 6 (time and location TBD).

  • Please submit your application at least 3 weeks prior to the event date and state the timeline of your event in the description. You will be notified prior to your event if you (or your group) have received funds. The Arts Initiative does not retroactively award funds.

  • If you or your group’s application is for multiple events during the semester, please submit one application that covers all your events. Reviewers will consider only one application per group or per individual applicant per semester.


  • You must be a current Columbia student or a group comprised of at least 50% current Columbia students.
  • You may apply as an individual student OR as the representative of a Columbia-recognized student organization.
  • Neither you nor any other student involved in the project can receive academic credit from any institution or department for the project. This includes senior theses and projects.
  • Columbia students must be directly involved in the creation of the artistic event/project receiving support.
  • The final project must be accessible to all Columbians.

Application Guidelines:

  • The Student Arts Grant application is meant to be an experience in grant-writing. Your application should be as detailed and precise as possible.
  • Your application should demonstrate a clear connection to the arts and be open to the entire Columbia community. Very strong preference is given to projects that take place on a Columbia campus.
  • We strongly encourage multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative projects with other Columbia organizations and schools. Project leaders should reach out to their own colleagues, as well as students from other schools and departments to join in the project.
  • The application should provide the full scope of the project: logistics, resources needed, marketing plans, and as many details related to the project as possible.
  • If you are an individual applying for the first time, we strongly recommend attending the information session or scheduling an in-person meeting so that we can help you through the process and answer any initial questions you may have. Meeting requests should be submitted to with "Student Arts Grants Request" in the subject line.

I'm Ready to Apply:

  • Great! Download the application here.

If Approved:

  • You will be contacted to come in to review the terms of the contract and to sign it.
  • We strongly encourage you to promote your event to the Columbia community through the Arts Initiative Event Calendar. Register Your Event here.
  • You must include the Arts Initiative logo on all printed materials and electronic materials, as well as language that will be provided to you in the contract. This includes websites, posters, and programs. A failure to adhere to these requirements will result in your funds being withheld.