VPA Co-Sponsorships


The Office of the Vice President for the Arts (OVPA) occasionally co-sponsors projects/events that both align with our strategic priorities and fall outside of the scope of our other faculty grant programs (artsCatalyst, Off the Farm, Faculty Creative Project Seed Grant, and the Burt McMurtry Arts Initiatives Fund.)

Sabrina Wilensky 2018


Sabrina Wilensky (she/her)
Director of Program Operations and Project Management
Office of the Vice President for the Arts


All co-sponsorship requests must align with at least one of our strategic priorities:

  • Equity, Health, and Wellbeing
    • Opportunities to utilize the arts as part of a larger strategy for individual and community health and wellbeing. 
  • Placemaking and Community Building
    • Bringing the arts into campus residential communities through creative placemaking.
  • Seeding Experimentation and Big Ideas
    • Seed funding for novel ideas that have the potential to move the dial. Projects must involve collaboration with at least one VPA unit.


  • Proposals must incorporate the creative arts in an intentional manner.
  • Proposals should prioritize the needs of your department/program community.
  • Funds generally cannot be used to pay Stanford affiliates. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All activities must be in accordance with current University travel and safety policies. For more information, visit:


  • The following groups are eligible for co-sponsorship consideration:
    • Department/Program Chairs
    • Department/Program Financial Managers
    • Staff from campus community centers, co-curricular departments/programs, and administrative offices
  • Individual faculty, instructors, and students (UG, co-term, graduate, professional) should explore funding through the other faculty and student grant programs.
  • Prior to submitting an application, applicants are encouraged to discuss their intention to apply with their department/program financial administrator to review any department/program procedures that may impact their proposed activity.

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the fiscal year. Once your inquiry form is submitted, a member of our team will follow-up with you within 2-3 weeks to discuss eligibility. Funding (full or partial) is not guaranteed. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials if their proposal is eligible for funding.

How to Apply

To be considered for a discretionary grant submit an inquiry form via Airtable:

  1. Name and email of project lead
  2. Affiliated departments/programs
  3. Project summary (500 words or less)
    • You do not need to submit your full proposal--just a brief summary of your project, including when it will take place, its alignment with VPA priorities, and how the project will catalyze and/or sustain community on campus through the arts.
  4. Amount requested from OVPA

Requirements for Grant Recipients

  • 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, grant recipients will submit a short final report. Grant recipients are encouraged to include photos (with photographer credit) from the activity as part of their report.
  • If the project/activity is no longer taking place, please notify Sabrina Wilensky to discuss next steps.