How To Apply

Follow the steps below to apply for a CCA grant
01. Read Program Description and Application Guidelines.

Applications for project proposals are submitted via SlideRoom. A few important things to remember so that your project meets grant criteria:

  • Applicants must be part of the Cornell community through project completion.
  • Student applicants must obtain approval by a faculty member relevant to the project.
  • Faculty, department and program applicants must secure matching funding.
  • Faculty applicants must receive approval by Department Chair.
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Applicants will need a SlideRoom account in order to submit an application.

For questions about SlideRoom or creating an account, contact SlideRoom directly. For all other questions, please contact the CCA.

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02. Complete application form

Each application submission includes the following components:

  • Applicant Profile (including one-page artistic resume / biography per artist / presenter / group)
  • Project Proposal: 500-word narrative describing proposed project, key people involved, the artistic merit and significance of the project to the community, and production schedule
  • Budget Form (see 03.)
  • Representative examples of past work (see 04.)
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03. Complete Budget Form

The budget form is a requirement of the grant application. The budget worksheet must be downloaded (.xlsx or .pdf), filled out and uploaded back into the SlideRoom application.

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04. Upload Project Media

Images (high-resolution, largest size possible, up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

Visual and Media Arts: Up to 8 images (jpg/jpeg) of work captioned with title, date, medium, size

Space and Installation: Sketch or diagram of proposed project with up to 8 images (jpg/jpeg) of work captioned with title, date, medium, size

Performance and Music: Up to 3 works of music or performance

Writing and Literary Arts: Up to 2 written works of up to 3 pages each (pdf)

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Application Review Process

Grant applications are reviewed each cycle by the Grant Review Panel which consists of Cornell faculty from CCA member departments. Each application is evaluated on the merits of project concept, impact (how it expands boundaries of a particular discipline), feasibility (location, budget and 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 across Cornell’s campus 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.

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
  • Artistic significance of the project
  • 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