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. We are particularly interested in funding projects that create opportunities for collaboration between arts and other disciplines. Projects should demonstrate artistic merit and innovation, as well as community engagement, whether within the University, across the South Side, or in some other community identified by the student. Applicants should indicate their prior experience and ability in the given art form or practice.
Proposals are accepted only from individual students or University-based Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs). Grant requests can range between $1,500 and $5,000. 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. Students seeking amounts below $1,500 should inquire about the Student Fine Arts Fund, and any submitted applications requesting less than $1,500 will be automatically transferred to that program for review.
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.
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.