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Eligibility and Guidelines

The Arts Initiative will review Student Arts Grant applications once per semester per group/individual applicant. If you or your group’s application is for multiple events during the semester, please submit one application that covers all events. Projects must take place during the same semester in which you are applying.

If you are 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 Info" in the subject line.



  • You must be a current Columbia student or a group comprised of at least 50% current Columbia students.
  • You may apply as the representative of a Columbia-recognized student organization OR as an individual student.
  • No student involved in the project can receive academic credit from any institution or department for the project. This includes senior theses and other academic required 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.
  • Very strong preference is given to projects that take place on a Columbia campus.
  • Review Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Application Guidelines:

  • The Student Arts Grants program was launched in 2006 to support students in creating non-curricular arts projects that engage the Columbia community.
  • The application for support should provide the full scope of the project: logistics, resources needed, marketing plans, an explanation of the budget, and as many details related to the project as possible.
  • We encourage multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative projects with other Columbia organizations and schools. Project leaders may reach out to their own colleagues, as well as students from other schools and departments to join in the project.

 I'm Ready to Apply:

  • Great! Download and fill out the application and the project budget form.
  • Please submit your application at least 3 weeks prior to the event date. You will be notified prior to your event if you or your group have received funds. Please check back for the final deadline for spring applications.
  • Email your completed application and project budget form to

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's events 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.