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.

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Fall 2023 preliminary proposal deadline: September 29

Full proposal deadline: October 20

Notifications of grant funding will be made by November 20.

 

Applications are considered in two phases:

Phase 1: Submit a Preliminary Proposal form (see below).

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

Questions? Contact council-arts@mit.edu.

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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 council-arts@mit.edu

Read more and submit a preliminary proposal.

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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.