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

For Fall 2020, due to COVID-19 and limited campus access, applications for funding from CAMIT’s Grants Committee will have two phases:

Phase 1: Preliminary Proposal, which asks you to begin planning your project and to fill out a brief Preliminary Proposal FormDeadline: September 18, 2020. 

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 in early October and participate in an interview in early November.

If you are an undergraduate student or undergraduate student group seeking support of $500 or less, learn more about applying for an Undergraduate Mini-Grant.

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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 council-arts@mit.edu

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. 

Interviews and Notification 

Following submission of your application, you will be invited for an interview with MIT staff and one or more members of the Council for the Arts to discuss your proposal. Interviews are approximately 20 minutes. For Fall 2020, interviews will take place over Zoom and scheduled by mutual arrangement. Applicants can expect to be notified 5-7 business days after their interview.