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Arts + Justice – Student Grant

Amy Elkins, The Golden State, 2017. Photo by artist. Exhibition at Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College. Costa Mesa, CA

Arts + Justice Student Grant

The Arts + Justice Student Grants will fund undergraduate and graduate students as they investigate urgent matters around justice issues and the arts. Students may apply for the grant with a year-long creative project related to any number of justice issues including, but not limited to, race equity, environmentalism, mass incarceration, mental health, LGBTQ+ equity, and affordable healthcare.

Awards range from $200-$1,000. In addition to the award, grantees will meet monthly (via Zoom) to workshop their projects and discuss the successes and struggles of their work. 

Applications were due on November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (PST).

Accepted applicants will be notified by December 11, 2020.

If you applied for the IDA Fellowship or the CBPA Fellowship this year but were not accepted, and are interested in applying for this grant, you can use your fellowship application to apply for this grant. Please contact Evelyn Anderson (evelyna3@stanford.edu) and Devin Garnick (dgarnick@stanford.edu) to grant them permission to submit your fellowship application for the Arts + Justice grant on your behalf.

Project Eligibility:

  • Explore at least one justice issue (e.g. race, climate, mass incarceration, housing, mental health, LGBTQ+ equity, affordable healthcare)
  • Incorporate at least one form of artistic expression (e.g. music, dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, film, visual art, fashion/textiles, digital media, interactive art, creative writing)
  • Project is extracurricular (does not fulfill academic requirements, honors theses, or capstone projects)
  • Project is performed/exhibited by the end of the current academic year either in a virtual space 
  • Medium to long-term projects lasting two (2) to three (3) quarters

Application Includes:

  1. List of all core team members (solo and collaborative projects are eligible)
  2. Project abstract (3-5 sentences)
  3. Project proposal 
  4. Project timeline (optional but encouraged)
  5. Project budget
  6. Work samples (optional but encouraged)

Project Expenses:


The Arts + Justice Student Grant is able to cover project materials such as art supplies, books, and equipment. Students will be reimbursed for approved purchases. Specific examples of expenses include:

  • Paint sets
  • Clay
  • Fabric
  • Books
  • Music licenses
  • Microphones
  • Lighting equipment
  • Soundproofing material
  • Paper and pens

Due to limited funding, we are unable to cover the following:

Student Eligibility:

  • Current Stanford undergraduate, co-term, or graduate students
  • Enrolled or on Flex Term for at least two (2) of the remaining quarters in 2020-21
  • Applicant can apply as an individual or as a group
  • Cannot be combined with other University awards (e.g. Undergraduate Research grants, OVPA Student Arts Grants, etc.)
  • We encourage students of all forms and levels of artistic experience to apply


Who is eligible to apply?

All current Stanford undergraduate, co-term, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Graduate students should check their funding packages before applying. Students must be fully enrolled or on their Flex Term for at least two of the three remaining quarters in 2020-21.

Can grant funds be used for a project during my Flex Term or Leave of Absence?

Students may work on their projects during their Flex Term. Students cannot be reimbursed for project expenses while they are on a Leave of Absence.

How are grant funds issued?

Typically, students will be reimbursed for approved expenses once a purchase has been made. We also offer a direct purchase option in which an administrator can make a purchase on behalf of the student.

Who reviews the grant applications? Who makes the funding decisions?

All grant applications are reviewed by a committee comprising of staff from the Stanford Arts Institute, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and the Office of the Vice President for the Arts. The committee evaluates each application based on the clarity of the project proposal, contribution to the campus community, budget planning, and ability for the project to succeed.

I'm interested in working on a team project. Is this possible?

Yes, team-based projects are eligible. However, registered student organizations (VSOs) are not eligible for this program. Please see the Student Arts Grants page for more information on VSO grants.

When will I hear back if I have received an award?

Accepted applicants will be notified by December 11, 2020.


This program is sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.
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Devin Garnick
Program Manager, Stanford Arts Institute

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