Independent Creative Production Grants
Who is eligible to apply?
Only faculty (standing and non-standing) and staff are eligible to apply for Independent Creative Production 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?
Independent Creative Production Grants offer faculty and staff members resources to support (partially or fully) the production of their own artistic work. Applicants are not expected to include a presentation/public engagement component to their applications. Grant-supported activities must take place between July 1, 2021 and December 22, 2022.
How much can you apply for?
Applicants may request up to $8,000. Applicants must seek approval by their department or program, in order to apply in this category. The department or program 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.
Applications for Independent Creative Production 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.