Alumni Art Awards
Who is eligible to apply?
All University of Pennsylvania alumni with an established artistic practice.
What is the timeline for this grant opportunity?
Interested individuals must meet with Sachs Program staff online (Zoom) prior to applying. To schedule a meeting, please complete the form below no later than December 8, 2021. Applications will be due on February 4, 2022. Applicants will be granted access to the application link after scheduling a meeting with the Sachs Program staff.
What do the grants support?
Alumni Art Awards are intended to support alumni who have established artistic practices in the further development of their work. Alumni do not need to apply with a specific project in mind, however; Alumni Art Awards are intended for general support. The timeline for using the grant funds can be flexible, based on the needs of the applicant.
How much can you apply for?
Applicants may request up to $3,000, the total of which will be distributed as an award through the Penn Marketplace. Please keep in mind that this amount is subject to taxes, which will vary depending on the applicant’s state and country of origin, and citizen status. If you are a current employee of the University of Pennsylvania, please keep in mind that the full amount of the grant will also be subject to employee benefits. For this reason, Penn employees may be advised to apply for other Sachs Program opportunities.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation is no longer receiving inquiries for its 2022 Annual Grants. Next year’s Annual Grants process will be announced in the Fall of 2022. If you already submitted an inquiry to discuss your application, we will follow up shortly to schedule a meeting. Please see Next Steps (below) for more information.
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Sachs Program staff will follow up by email to schedule a meeting to discuss your interest in applying. Applicants will be granted access to the application link after scheduling a meeting with the Sachs Program staff. Applications will be due February 4, 2022.
The Sachs Program is happy to review and provide feedback on drafts submitted by January 5, 2022.
Artist Residency Grants are evaluated by a group of committee members, which may include former grantees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. All deliberations will be guided by the Sachs Program’s priorities and criteria.
Decisions will be made in April 2022.
Sachs Program staff will do their best to meet with all individuals and groups interested in submitting an application.
The Sachs Program has limited resources and will therefore not be able to fund all requests.
Matching funding is strongly encouraged for project-based proposals, when possible, but is not required.
The Sachs Program aims to support projects that meet the criteria and which best align with our priorities for grantmaking. Should a proposal or application not meet the criteria and/or not align with our priorities, Sachs Program staff may recommend that an applicant withdraws from the pool.
The Sachs Program supports a creative, culturally diverse, and pluralistic Penn community. We are committed to supporting individuals and groups from all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.