artsCatalyst Grant

The artsCatalyst grant brings creative perspectives into the classroom to create interdisciplinary arts experiences.


artsCatalyst Grants foster interdisciplinary arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. These grants fund activity materials, transportation, and guest speaker honoraria.

Activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • Attending a performance or film screening (either on-campus or in the Bay Area)
  • Visiting museums throughout the Bay Area
  • Workshop with a guest artist (either on-campus or in the Bay Area)
  • Guided walking tours with local experts

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Faculty teaching undergraduate courses across the University.
    • Partial grants may be awarded if total course enrollment is less than 15 students.
    • You are welcome (but not required) to partner with other courses or open your event to the larger Stanford community.
  2. Activities or guest speakers should incorporate an arts discipline or perspective from outside that of the listed department(s).
    • For courses listed/cross-listed in Art & Art History, Music, TAPS, or Creative Writing: activities can be disciplinary or interdisciplinary.
  3. Limit of one grant (up to $1,000) per instructor per academic year.
    • Grant funds can be applied to multiple courses taught by the instructor.
    • For courses taught by multiple instructors, only one artsCatalyst grant may be awarded per academic year.
  4. Course takes place during Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarter.
    • September Studies and Summer Session courses are not eligible for this grant.


artsCatalyst Grant funds can be used for the following types of expenses:

  • event tickets/admission
  • transportation
  • honoraria (for non-Stanford affiliates only)
  • activity materials that supplement and enhance the core course requirements. Grant funds cannot be used for required course materials.
  • meals--for off-campus activities only
    • Requests will only be considered for meals that take place in conjunction with off-campus activities that would prevent students from utilizing their normal on-campus dining options. The per person limit for meals (including tax & tip) is $15/lunch and $25/dinner. Only students and instructors/TAs are covered. No alcohol is permitted.

Requests for 2019-20 classes will open in early September 2019


Sabrina Wilensky
Manager of Grants and Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

How to Apply

Required application materials include:

  1. Project Proposal (250-750 words)
  2. Class Syllabus
  3. Financial Administrator Information

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis during the following periods:

  • Fall 2018 Classes: Applications Closed
  • Winter 2019 Classes: Applications Closed
  • Spring 2019 Classes: Applications Closed

Please allow up to two weeks for the review committee to process your request. 

Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Guidelines and Expectations

  • Grant recipients are expected to work with their department/program financial administrator to process all logistics and transactions relating to the proposed activity, and to ensure that all transactions and activities adhere to University policies.
  • Grant recipients may receive partial grants. In these situations the grant recipient should work with their department/program to find additional funds for the proposed activity.
  • Upon completion of the activity, faculty will submit a short final report. Grant recipients are encouraged to include photos from the activity as part of their report.
  • If the activity is no longer taking place, or the class is cancelled, please notify Sabrina Wilensky to discuss next steps.

Additional Resources

Stanford Live/Bing Concert HallInclude Stanford Live performances in your curriculum, bring a class to see a show and discuss in the classroom. Group/student discounts available. Contact Ryan Davis, Associate Director of Engagement and Public Programs