CCA Individual Grant Program

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Funding for creative projects at Cornell University

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Individual Grant Program offers direct financial support for the development of new, experimental, and exceptional arts projects by Cornell faculty and students on campus. Project grants are awarded annually  ̶  $2,500 to faculty, departments and programs and $1,000 to students and student organizations (must be registered with SAFC or GPSAFC)  ̶  with the expectation that supported work will be shared with the university and Ithaca community through an openly accessible exhibition, installation, performance, workshop, lecture, and/or other public event. The intention of the grant program is to foster a vital environment for the creative arts on Cornell’s main campus and its satellite locations and to connect Cornell artists to the art world at large.

The CCA welcomes grant proposals from individual artists, artists groups, and artistic collaborations. Proposals from non-artists are also welcome for projects that expand the boundaries of any given arts, design, or related discipline in a creative and culturally reflective way. Grants are intended to support and promote cultural activities outside of the applicant's regular academic requirements or responsibilities.

The grant program is particularly interested in promoting original, emergent and critically-engaged art forms and ideas. Work that takes an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach is strongly encouraged. Successful past applicants have used grant funds to create exceptional work in a myriad of formats including painting, sculpture, prints, wearable designs, clothing, prose, poetry, new media, video, film, software, site-specific installations, music concerts, new music compositions, designed objects, built environments, conferences, workshops, residencies, dance, performances, journals, zines, student-curated exhibitions, and social practice collaborations.

Although not required, CCA will welcome proposals that dialogue with the theme of the 2018 CCA Biennial: “Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival.”

See our Application Guidelines for submission specifications and information. Recently funded projects can be found under Project Archive.


Have questions regarding project feasibility, budgets, locations, co-sponsorship and other guidance on how to prepare a successful application? Attend one or more of our upcoming information sessions listed below.

Wednesday, February 21
Thursday, March 15
Wednesday, March 28

All sessions will be held from 5:15-6:15pm in B1 Sibley Hall. Please RSVP via email or phone.

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

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