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Funding for Creative Projects at Cornell

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.

How to Apply

We promote creativity across four disciplines

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.

Space + Installation
Visual + Media
Performance + Music
Writing + Literary

See what others have used CCA funding to create

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.

Past Grant Projects

Questions about our Grant Program?

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.

Answer: Cornell students, student organizations, faculty, departments, and programs.

Answer: Faculty, departments, programs, and SAFC/GPSAFC registered student organizations with university accounts will have their funds transferred directly. Individual students will receive their funds via direct deposit. Funds are disbursed mid-August prior to the start of the academic year.

Answer: As this is not a university account, funds cannot be transferred directly. However, an authorized account representative may submit the necessary forms (ACH form for the group account and W9). Monies are subject to taxes and the representative submitting the W9 will receive a 1099 for their income tax return.

Answer: To sign up for direct deposit through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system, you’ll need to submit an ACH Authorization Form (paper form available by request through Payroll or online via Workday) and a W9 or a W-8BEN.

Answer: Individual students awarded a grant will receive monies less any applicable taxes, resulting in your receipt of a 1099 for your income tax return. Monies transferred between Cornell accounts are not taxable.

Answer: Absolutely! The CCA encourages all types of collaboration — interdisciplinary, mixed media, faculty/student, etc.

Answer: The CCA currently offers one funding cycle annually with a mid-spring application deadline. Applications for the Grant project applications are accepted beginning in late fall with a mid-spring deadline for. Decisions and notifications are made in late spring for the following academic year.