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ANNOUNCING: New call and extension, 2020-21 CCA Grants due September 14, 2020

Funding for creative projects at Cornell University

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) has extended the deadline for Individual Grant Program applications. CCA Grants offer direct financial support for the development of new, experimental and exceptional arts projects to be shared with the University and Ithaca community. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due Monday, September 14, 2020

The CCA welcomes 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. The grant program is particularly interested in promoting original, emergent and critically engaged artforms and ideas.

We particularly encourage proposals for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work that addresses issues informed by the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19, in dialogue with the 2020 Cornell Biennial theme, Swarm: Ecology, Digitality, Sociality.

All submissions should include a plan for virtual exhibition or performance were COVID-19 conditions to necessitate.

Project grants are awarded annually: up to $2,500 each to faculty, departments and programs; and $1,000 to individual students and registered student organizations.

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

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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