Ben Art Bucks
Who is eligible to apply?
Undergraduate and graduate students, and all student groups, are eligible to apply for Ben Art Bucks Grants.
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?
Students and student groups may apply for up to $250. We are open to considering slightly larger requests, students seeking funding significantly over $250 we ask to schedule a meeting with Sachs Program staff. Students seeking funding up to $250 are not required to schedule a meeting with Sachs staff.
How do I receive the grant?
Funds will be distributed through PayPal or Venmo and will be processed remotely twice a month.
Our Ben Art Bucks program is closed for the year, due to high demand in the fall and winter. If you have an urgent need, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot guarantee additional support at this time but are happy to think through options in dialogue with you.
Important Info for Grantees
This year we have updated this program in response to COVID-19. Students can now receive Ben Art Buck funds via Venmo or PayPal. If you do not have a Venmo or PayPal account, we will also consider providing alternative means of support.
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
Please note Ben Art Bucks are intended to support current projects and can’t be used as reimbursement for prior projects. Ben Art Bucks requests are reviewed by the Sachs staff monthly.
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.