VPA Student Arts Grants

Opportunities for extracurricular arts projects on campus


Student Arts Grants enhance the rich and varied cultural landscape throughout campus by supporting the creation and presentation of arts projects by current Stanford students. These grants provide financial support for producing on-campus performances and exhibitions featuring Stanford students.

These grants are administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts. Grants are made possible by generous gifts from Leslie and George Hume, the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund, and The Stanford Fund.


Erina Alejo
Program Associate
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

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Students: Apply now for the new COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant!

Student Arts Grant Project Eligibility & Policies

Projects must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Music, dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, film, visual art, fashion/textiles, digital media, and interactive art
    • For festivals and other special events, there must be a direct connection to the arts (i.e. performances/exhibitions by campus arts groups).
    • Publications must prominently feature student visual art and/or creative writing.
    • Parties of any kind and other predominantly social events are not eligible.
  • Extracurricular (not related to academic requirements or capstone projects)
  • Collaborative (no solo projects)
  • Performed/exhibited on the Stanford campus by the end of the current academic year
  • Event is organized and produced by current undergraduate/co-term Stanford students
    • Projects/events featuring non-Stanford students as the lead artists/performers are only eligible for Special Opportunity Grant funding
  • Has a campus sponsor
  • Appropriate use of grant funds.

How Are Grants Awarded?

  • All grants are awarded on a project basis.
  • Projects should apply at least 4-6 weeks before their exhibition opens/performances begin.
  • Each project can only submit one application per year.
  • For VSOs:
    • VSOs may not receive more than $5,000 in Student Arts Grant funding in a single academic year.
    • Each VSO will only be considered for one application per review cycle.

How to Apply

All Student Arts Grant opportunities use a single application which includes:

  1. List of all core team members
  2. Campus sponsor verification
    • VSO Sponsored Projects: Include a link to CardinalSync event registration
    • Community Center Sponsored Projects: Letter of Support from your sponsor
  3. Project summary (50 words or less)
  4. Project proposal (3 Questions)
    1. Why have you chosen this project? (150 words or less)
    2. What are the artistic goals? (150 words or less)
    3. How will you make this project happen? (300 words or less)
  5. List of potential event venues
  6. Project timeline
  7. Project budget
    • All budgets must be submitted as a single page PDF using this template.
  8. Work samples
    • Make sure to carefully review the guidelines to ensure that your application includes the required items.

Academic Year 2019-20 Deadlines

  • Cycle A: September 15, 2019 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Cycle B: October 6, 2019 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Cycle C: November 3, 2019 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Cycle D: January 12, 2020 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Cycle E: February 2, 2020 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Cycle F: March 1, 2020 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific)
  • Cycle G: Cancelled

Frequently Asked Questions

Past Grant Recipients