The Sachs Program’s grantmaking supports innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers.
Grants range from less than $100 to $40,000, and fund a wide variety of activities aligned with the funder’s vision to support teaching art, making art, and presenting art, as well as their aim to provide Penn students with increased access to the arts.
2018/2019 Grant Opportunities
With the exception of Ben Art Bucks, the current (2018/2019) grant cycle is now closed. We will share information on next year’s grant cycle in the fall of 2019. For more information on the 2018/2019 grant opportunities, please visit the individual grants pages listed below. Please note that grant opportunities and guidelines for applying are subject to change year-to-year. Please sign up to receive our newsletter and information on our grantmaking in the footer below.
Grants to Students
To support students in their creative endeavors and provide increased access to the arts.
- Ben Art Bucks are quick accessible grants for students and student groups to support creating or experiencing the arts.
- Student Arts Innovation Grants support large, ambitious student-driven projects.
Teaching Art Grants
To support innovative approaches to teaching that embrace the arts and humanities.
- Arts Course Development Grants are awarded to strengthen departments, programs and centers that promote artistic and creative innovation and experimentation at Penn.
- Arts Integration Grants are awarded to support the integration of the arts and humanities across the university, and to provide faculty members with opportunities to stretch and grow their curricula in creative ways.
- Freshman Seminar Grants support arts activities and arts-driven pedagogy within and related to freshman seminars.
Making Art Grants
To support creative practice within the Penn community.
- Visiting Artists Grants are awarded to bring new minds, new perspectives, and new and important artistic work to campus for limited intensive engagements.
- Independent Creative Production Grants are awarded to support artists within our existing community: to provide resources to faculty and staff for independent artistic projects.
- The Extended Artist Engagement Grant is our largest grant and provides up to $40,000 to one department, program, or center to support an emerging or mid-career artist as a Fellow, Artist in Residence, Curator in Residence or Professor of Practice.
Presenting Art Grants
To support projects that engage communities with the arts and humanities.
- Provosts Interdisciplinary Grants support exhibitions, performances, and other such happenings that enrich Penn’s arts offerings and make Penn a destination for the arts.
- Student Engagement Grants fund departments, programs, and centers that seek to engage the student body.
If you have questions about which grant opportunity most closely aligns with your idea(s), please feel free to email or call Chloe Reison at email@example.com or 215-573-2159.