Ben Art Bucks
Who is eligible to apply?
Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as student groups, are eligible to apply for Ben Art Bucks.
What do the grants support?
Ben Art Bucks are intended to support small creative projects and arts-related activities taking place within the current academic year (examples: museum/venue memberships, trips to view/experience art, art supplies and other costs associated with small projects and/or performances…).
How much can I apply for?
Individual students may apply for up to $100, and student groups may apply for up to $500 (with funds being split amongst members or disbursed to one designated member). We are open to considering slightly larger requests, but we ask that students schedule a meeting with Sachs Program staff when a higher request is needed and before submitting an application.
How do I receive the grant?
Funds are distributed through ClinCards, which are available to grantees for pick up at The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation offices in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. ClinCards must be picked up within one month of being notified of receiving a grant. After one month, funds are no longer guaranteed to be available.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation is no longer receiving submissions for its 2019/2020 Ben Art Bucks grants. Our annual grants process will reopen in the fall of 2020. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
Important Info for Grantees
Grants will be disbursed directly to students using Greenphire ClinCards. Greehphire ClinCards may be used like debit cards. Once the approved amount is loaded to the ClinCard and assigned to a student, the ClinCard may used anywhere credit/debit cards are accepted.
These grants are intended to be given in advance of spending; they are not intended as reimbursement. Priority may be given to students who have not received Ben Art Bucks grants in the recent past. If the Sachs Program is aware that support exists elsewhere for a particular request, staff may direct students to that support.
Students must share documentation of their spending with the Sachs Program, in the form of receipts and a brief report (a 1-2 paragraph reflection statement) following the completion of the project and use of the funds.
Other Important Information
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.