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.

Undergraduate/co-term student duos/teams and registered student organizations are eligible to apply!

These grants are administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts. Spark! Grants are made possible by a generous gift from Leslie and George Hume. Maker Grants are made possible by a generous gift from the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund. Creative Spaces Grants are made possible by support from The Stanford Fund.


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

If you need a disability-related accommodation and/or need to receive any program information/application in alternate format, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at, at phone: (650) 725-0326 or email: disability.access@stanford.edu.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2019 Projects

VPA Student Arts Grants are not available for Summer 2019 projects. As an alternative, check out some of the other campus opportunities on our Grants & Awards page.

2019-20 Events & Projects

Information will be available by August 2019.

Project Eligibility

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
  • Extracurricular (not related to academic requirements or capstone projects)
  • Collaborative (no solo projects)
  • Performed/exhibited on the Stanford campus
  • Features current undergraduate/co-term Stanford students from any major as lead artists, performers, and producers
  • Has a campus sponsor
  • Will be performed or exhibited in the next quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring)

All grants are awarded on a project basis.

  • Each project can only submit one application per cycle.
  • Each project team will only be considered for one project per quarter (based on when the event is taking place.)

Additional Info

Types of Grants

Student Arts Grants use a common application for the following opportunities:


For collaborative performing arts and film projects

  • Duos/Small teams: up to $500 per project
  • Registered student groups: up to $1,500 per academic year2


For visual art exhibitions and fashion showcases1

  • Duos/Small teams: up to $500 per project
  • Registered student groups: up to $1,000 per academic year2

Creative Spaces

For on-campus venue usage costs and equipment rentals

  • Duos/Small teams: not eligible
  • Registered student groups: up to $9,000 per academic year2

1 While the exhibition must feature multiple students the individual works do not need to be collaborative. Students involved in the exhibition are encouraged to purchase materials collectively whenever possible. Contact Sabrina Wilensky if you have any questions about your exhibition proposal.
2 Academic year calculations are based on when the project takes place.

How to Apply

All of the Student Arts Grant opportunities use a single application.

Application Includes:


Make sure to verify your project's eligibility before starting your application!

Frequently Asked Questions

Past Grantees