Artist Residency Grants
Who is eligible to apply?
Departments, programs, and centers are eligible to apply for Artist Residency Grants.
What is the timeline for this grant opportunity?
This is an Annual Grant opportunity. The application will be due January 27, 2021, and the assessment of the applications will take place during the spring semester. For more details on the annual grant cycle timeline, please visit our Important Deadlines page.
What do the grants support?
Artist Residency Grants are intended to bring an emerging or mid-career artist to Penn as a Fellow, Artist in Residence, or Curator in Residence within a department, program or center (collaborations between departments, programs or centers is also supported). The proposed artist’s responsibilities may be determined by the applicant and their collaborating partner(s), but may include: courses, workshops, studios or seminars, advising, mentoring, independent study, presentations to the Penn community, exhibitions, performances, programming and/or other forms of public engagement. The Artist Residency Grant can be used to increase support for an existing opportunity, as well as to create a new opportunity.
Artist Residency Grants will be awarded each year to support activities taking place within the following two academic years. Proposals must contain a combination of curricular and public-facing programmatic components to be considered.
How much can you apply for?
Up to $25,000 will be given, in total, to be used within two years. The applying department, program, or center must agree to manage the grant funds if an application is successful.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation is no longer receiving inquiries for its 2021 grant cycle. Our annual grants process will reopen in the fall of 2021.
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Sachs Program staff will follow up by email to schedule a meeting to discuss the project proposed and potentially to request additional information. The materials to apply will be shared following a meeting or conversation with Sachs Program staff.
Applications will be due January 27, 2021.
The Sachs Program is happy to review and provide feedback on drafts submitted by January 6, 2021. The Sachs Program may also provide limited feedback on applications after they are submitted.
Artist Residency Grants are evaluated in a two-step evaluation process. Applications are first reviewed by a group of committee members, including former grantees, faculty, staff, and students. Feedback from each committee is then shared with The Sachs Program Advisory Board, who make the final decisions on grant awards. All deliberations will be guided by The Sachs Program’s priorities and criteria.
Decisions will be made in April 2021.
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, 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 withdraw 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, genders, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.