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

Looking for a small grant of up to $500? Learn more about Undergraduate Mini-Grants and Graduate Arts Seed Grants.

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 $3,000. Maximum awards, for extraordinary projects, are up to $7,500. 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 one year from the date of the award. More about eligibility and policies for grant recipients.


Info session: Friday, February 16 / 1pm / Zoom (view the info session slides)


The spring 2024 application deadline has passed. The next application cycle will begin in September.


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Phase 1

Preparing and Submitting a Preliminary Proposal

Before beginning a preliminary proposal, please make sure you have read our eligibility guidelines and policies for grant recipients, and referred to our arts project resource list. If you have any questions about any aspect of preparing the preliminary proposal or about the suitability of your project, email us at

Submit a Preliminary Proposal


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