Curricular Support Grants
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Non-standing University of Pennsylvania faculty are eligible to apply for Sachs Program Curricular Support Grants. Non-standing faculty do not need to be currently teaching to apply, but applications must be approved by an applicant’s department or program. There should be an understanding they will be teaching the course or courses relevant to their application within the next two academic years.
What do the grants support?
Curricular Support Grants support non-standing Penn faculty in the implementation of arts-based activities in a course that is currently running or expected to run.
Examples of previously supported projects can be reviewed on our website.
How much can I apply for?
Non-standing faculty may request up to $4,000.
How and when do I receive the grant funds?
- Please refer to our general information page about Grants Disbursement for complete guidelines about receiving the grant funds. Applicants must decide how they would like to receive and manage the funds when they submit their application.
- The earliest date for grant funds to be available is May 2024, though in most cases, the funds will be available in June or July. This timeline depends on several factors, including the response times from grantees and their fiscal conduits (when applicable).
- Any questions? Please email The Sachs Program Associate Director Chloe Reison at email@example.com.
What do I need to know to apply?
- The deadline to submit a Grants Inquiry Form for Curricular Support Grants is NOON on Monday, January 22, 2024.
- Applicants must submit a Grants Inquiry Form to receive a link to the full online application. A link to the online application (via SlideRoom) will be sent to the email address provided with the Grants Inquiry Form submission.
- The Grants Inquiry Form will prompt applicants to indicate if they wish to schedule a meeting with The Sachs Program to discuss their project idea. Meetings are not required but are encouraged. The Sachs Program cannot guarantee meetings for those applicants who submit the Grants Inquiry Form on or just before the deadline.
- Applicants who would like to receive optional feedback on a draft of their application will have an additional deadline of Friday, January 5, 2024 to submit a draft. Drafts should be emailed to Chloe Reison at firstname.lastname@example.org by NOON on January 5, 2024 to receive feedback before the application deadline. All drafts should respond to the questions included in the Slideroom application.
- Completed applications will be due through Slideroom at MIDNIGHT on Monday, February 5, 2024.
Grants Inquiry Form
You must submit a Grants Inquiry Form to receive a link to the full online application. A link to the online application (via SlideRoom) will be sent to the email address provided with the Grants Inquiry Form submission.
The last day to submit a Grants Inquiry Form is January 22, 2024.
Eligibility and Criteria for Applications
- Non-standing faculty do not need to be currently teaching to apply for a Sachs Program Curricular Support Grant, but applications must be approved by an applicant’s department or program. The applicant’s department or program must agree to manage any grant funds awarded if an application is successful.
- Non-standing faculty should expect they will be teaching the course(s) relevant to their proposal within the next two academic years.
- Sachs Program grants are not intended for ongoing support. Priority may be given to applicants or projects not previously supported by The Sachs Program. If a project has been supported by The Sachs Program or another Penn entity previously, the applicant must make a compelling case for why there remains a need for support.
- Sachs Program funding is competitive and is not guaranteed.
- Applicants with an open Sachs Program grant may apply for support for another project, but only if they have clear plans to finish the first project before the second one begins.
- To be eligible for consideration, an application must be an appropriate fit for the category in which it is submitted. If an application is not an appropriate fit for its category or does not align with Sachs Program priorities for grantmaking, The Sachs Program reserves the right to withdraw submitted applications.
- If you are applying for support for equipment, software, or other resources that may already be available to you through the University of Pennsylvania, a strong case must be made for why these purchases are necessary for the success of your project.
- If you have any questions about the eligibility of your proposal, please contact Sachs Program Associate Director Chloe Reison at email@example.com.
Curricular Support Grant applications 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 Sachs Program grantmaking priorities and criteria.
Award decisions for the 2023–2024 grants cycle will be made in April 2024.
- While grant application advisement meetings are optional, they are encouraged—particularly for individuals and groups who have not previously applied to The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and for those who are unsure of which grant category might be most appropriate for their application.
- Sachs Program staff will do their best to meet with all individuals and groups seeking advice on their application, but a Sachs Program review of an application does not guarantee funding, and meetings are subject to scheduling availability.
- The Sachs Program has limited resources and will, therefore, be unable to fund all requests.
- The Sachs Program aims to support projects that meet the criteria established for each grant category and align with our priorities for grantmaking. Should a proposal or application not meet the criteria or not align with our priorities, Sachs Program staff may recommend that a previously submitted application be withdrawn.
- 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.