Thanks to the generous support of donors who support the arts at Bucknell, the Bucknell Arts Council offers grants designed to support students who endeavor to engage in serious arts and/or creative projects or research.

Students in any major (including the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts) are eligible for this funding to support them in their creative and artistic endeavors.

Student groups or individuals applying for grants must adhere to application procedures.

Before seeking project funding, students should familiarize themselves with grant application procedures. All materials must be submitted to the Bucknell Arts Council by 11:59 p.m. on the relevant deadline date. All applications must be submitted using our on-line application.

Student Eligibility

  • Any Bucknell undergraduate student in good standing is eligible for a Bucknell Arts Council grant.
  • Grants must explicitly involve artistic practice or creative endeavor.
  • Students and members of student groups must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  • The individual applicant or the primary applicant (in the case of a group proposal) must be currently enrolled or have taken previously at least one course in the departments of Art and Art History, English, Music, or Theatre and Dance.
  • In order to maximize the on-campus impact of each grant, students must be undergraduates at the time of application and completion of the project.
  • Students may not receive more than one grant in a single academic year.
  • Applications are due several times throughout the academic year:
    February 1
    May 1 (for summer or for the following academic year)
    September 15
    November 1
  • The maximum grant award is $2,500.

Grant Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by members of the Bucknell Arts Council. Sponsoring faculty may not evaluate proposals submitted with their endorsement.

Proposals will be evaluated based on clarity of purpose and proposal, originality and creativity, significance and potential impacts, and letter of support from the arts faculty sponsor.

Application Process

Applications may come from student groups or from individual students. We are especially interested in proposals that support the seven strategic initiatives of the Presidential Arts Initiative. 

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