Funding for creative projects
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 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.
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.
See how others have used CCA funding
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.
Individual Grant Program FAQs
We encourage anyone considering applying for a CCA Individual 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.
- Who is eligible to apply for a CCA Individual Grant?
- How and where will funds be disbursed?
- Our student group has an account at a local
banking institution. Can our funds be deposited there?
- What if I don’t have direct deposit?
- Are grant monies taxable?
- I have a group of individuals interested in collaborating
on a project that I’d like to submit but we aren’t a registered
organization. Can we still apply?
- What is the deadline to apply for a CCA Individual Grant?
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: 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 offers one funding cycle each year. Applications for the Individual Grant Program are accepted beginning in January/February with an April/May deadline. Decisions and notifications are made in late spring for the following academic year.