How to Apply for Arts Funding From the Council for the Arts at MIT

The Council’s grants program provides funding in support of a wide range of art projects that engage the MIT community. The average award is typically around $2,500. Maximum awards, for extraordinary projects, is up to $10,000. Only one grant project per applicant per academic year will be funded. Projects cannot be part of regular class assignments and should be on a timeline to be completed within six months to one year from the date of the award.

Applications are considered in two phases:

Phase 1: Submit a preliminary project plan by filling out our Preliminary Proposal form. The deadline for fall 2021 Preliminary Proposals is Friday, September 24th at 11:59pm.

Phase 2: Based on project feasibility and the ability of a proposed project to engage the MIT community, select applicants will be invited in early October to prepare and submit a full application for consideration by the Council’s Grants Committee.

Questions? Sign up for our info session on Tuesday, September 14 at 4pm. You can also contact with questions, or set up a meeting with Arts at MIT staff.

If you are an undergraduate student or undergraduate student group seeking support of $500 or less, you can learn more about applying for an Undergraduate Mini-Grant and access the on-line application form here.



Phase 1

Preparing and Submitting a Preliminary Proposal

Before beginning a Phase 1 preliminary proposal, please make sure you have read our eligibility guidelines and policies. If you have any questions about any aspect of preparing the preliminary proposal or about the suitability of your project, email us at

In order to fill out a the preliminary proposal form, you will need: 

  • A project title
  • A brief project proposal, no more than 1500 characters, explaining the who, what, where, why, and when of your project.
  • A draft project budget based on estimates for the cost of materials.
  • To determine where you will make/produce/perform/exhibit/broadcast or otherwise create your proposed project (be sure you understand MIT’s COVID-19 guidelines). 


Phase 2

Preparing and Submitting a Full Application 

Based on the feasibility of the proposed project and its ability to engage the MIT community, we will invite selected applicants to submit a full application, via Slideroom. If you are invited to prepare a Phase 2 application, you will have the opportunity to meet with MIT Arts staff for technical assistance and to discuss your proposal in greater detail as you finalize your materials. 

A complete grant application will consist of: 

  • A final project description 
  • A one-minute video describing the project
  • An artist’s statement
  • A final budget
  • A one-page résumé 
  • A completed reference form (optional for faculty and staff applicants).
    • Your reference form does not need to be completed by a faculty member; you should designate a person who is familiar with your work and your project, and who can speak to the quality of the work and your preparation to follow through on the project.