Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
University of Pennsylvania faculty (standing and non-standing), staff, departments, programs, and centers are eligible to apply for Sachs Program Rolling Grants. Students and student groups are not eligible to apply in this category. Rolling Grants are subject to the discretion of Sachs Program staff and availability of funds.
What is the timeline for this opportunity?
Applications are due on a rolling basis as long as funds are available.
What do the grants support?
A formalized version of our discretionary grants, Rolling Grants are intended to support urgent requests in the arts and humanities. The applicant must make the case for why the request is time-sensitive, i.e., why you cannot instead apply for an opportunity in our annual grant cycle.
How much can I apply for?
Rolling Grant applicants may request up to $2,000.
Grants Inquiry Form
The Sachs Program is briefly pausing its Rolling Grants program as we reassess our process and criteria. Please check back for updates.
Eligibility and Criteria for Applications
- University of Pennsylvania faculty (standing and non-standing), staff, departments, programs, and centers are eligible to apply for Sachs Program Rolling Grants. Students and student groups are not eligible to apply in this category.
- A sponsoring department, program, or center must agree to manage any grant funds awarded if an application is successful.
- Rolling Grants are intended to support time-sensitive projects and opportunities that cannot be supported through another opportunity in The Sachs Program annual grant cycle.
- Rolling Grants are not intended to support activities that took place in the past.
- Grant funds are transferred using software called Smartsheet. If your grant application request is successful, you will be sent a Smartsheet form to begin the grant funds transfer process. If you do not receive this form shortly after we email you the instructions for completing it, let us know. If you do not complete the form in a timely manner, we cannot transfer the funds in a timely manner and cannot guarantee the grant award.
Applications for Rolling Grants applications will be evaluated by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation staff. All deliberations will be guided by Sachs Program grantmaking priorities and criteria.
- The Sachs Program has limited resources and will therefore not be able to fund all requests.
- Matching funding for grant requests is strongly encouraged, when possible, but is not required.
- 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.