Proposal Guidelines

Student Creativity Grants provide students and RSOs with funding for generative creative projects that express the UChicago standards of excellence and critical inquiry. This grant supports work across the arts in general, with a slight preference for projects that show collaborative, cross-disciplinary, or community-engaged works.

These grants are offered to both support creative endeavors and to provide crucial real-life experience of a career in the arts. Applying to and reporting on arts grants is the lifeblood of any creative endeavor, and understanding the grant process is often the deciding factor in an artist’s or organization's success.

In support of this, we offer several workshops to students wishing to apply for these grants. The funding for these projects is highly competitive, and the training provided in the workshops will prove invaluable both in this process and in securing successful future grants applications.

What makes a proposal successful?

  1. We are looking for projects that demonstrate thoughtful, critical engagement with a topic or medium. That is, you must clearly and persuasively articulate why you are proposing this. A successful narrative provides context for the work and demonstrates your background in the project
  2. The proposal must be achievable. This means having a clear and practical budget, and a goal that is reasonably accomplished within the proposed timeline.

We strongly recommend not only attending a workshop, but also reaching out to a faculty member you are working with for initial feedback and advice. 

Student Creativity Grants Mission:

The Student Creativity Grants are intended to fund innovative artistic projects that are generative to the creative community and serve to raise the profile of the arts on the University of Chicago campus. The grants support students' original ideas for the creation and presentation of projects in the literary, musical, theatrical, or visual arts.

To know before you apply:

  1. Proposals are accepted only from individual students or University-based Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs).
  2. Grant requests can range up to $3,000. Students are advised to apply for multiple sources of funding, as the Student Creativity Grant can fund only the parts of the project that align with the SCG mission. 
  3. Student Creativity Grants provide seed funding for new artistic ventures and should not be considered a source of continued funding. A request for renewed support of a project previously supported via a Student Creativity Grant is unlikely to be successful unless the proposal introduces a significant change or addition to the project.
  4. Applications are reviewed quarterly. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals one or two quarters in advance of any publication, presentation, or performance date. Events occurring shortly after or during the notification period will be disqualified from consideration.


PLEASE NOTE: We have transitioned to a new application platform, InfoReady. If you have any difficulty setting up an account or submitting your work, please contact 

WORKSHOPS: 1:1 review sessions are available up to two weeks prior to the application deadline. The workshops are informal conversations with the grant administrator, designed to help you talk through your idea, frame your project successfully, and understand how the grant application process works in more depth. Sessions typically last 30 minutes. Please email to set up an appointment. You will need to provide a rough draft of your application prior to the meeting. 

2019-20 Deadlines

Fall Quarter: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11:59pm
Student Workshops available Oct 21 - Nov 1
Applicants will be notified of grant decisions on Friday, November 15, 2019

Winter Quarter: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:59pm
Student Workshops available Jan 20 - 31
Applicants will be notified of grant decisions on Friday, February 14, 2020

Spring Quarter: Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm
Studnet Workshops available April 13 - 24
Applicants will be notified of grant decisions on Friday, May 8, 2020


Students who have questions regarding eligibility and application procedures should contact well in advance of the submission deadline.