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Grant applications are reviewed each cycle by the Grant Review Panel which consists of Cornell faculty members from the arts or art history. Each application is evaluated on the merits of project concept, impact (how it expands boundaries of a particular discipline), feasibility (location, budget, timeline), experience or expertise of applicant, and how it contributes to the understanding of the arts at Cornell.

Project proposals may engage any singular art form or any mixture of art forms, but must be new work made or conceived outside of any regular academic or studio class. Students, faculty, departments and programs from each of Cornell’s twelve colleges are encouraged to apply with projects for which there is insufficient departmental funding or for work which could not be made or experienced without independent financial support. However, substantial artistic merit, rather than financial need, is the first priority of both the review panel and the CCA.


Each grant cycle, a panel of faculty members in the arts is convened to review all submitted applications. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

 Artistic Excellence:
Quality of the artistic work and project concept
Artistic significance of the project

Project Merit:
Potential impact on the academic, artistic and cultural community
Degree to which project expands boundaries of a particular discipline
Potential for the project to achieve artist’s intended outcomes
Feasibility of Project Scope
Ap­propriateness of the budget and resources required
Quality and clarity of the project goals and design
Qualifications of the project’s organizers

We encourage anyone considering applying for a CCA grant to contact the CCA office to inquire about the feasibility of a project proposal or to seek guidance about how to best prepare your application. The CCA office can be reached at (607) 255-7274 or