ARTS @ Bucknell

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 discipline (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 last Friday of the month. All applications must be submitted using our on-line application.

Student Eligibility

  • Any current Bucknell student in good standing is eligible for a Bucknell Arts Council grant.
  • Priority will be given to grants that explicitly involve artistic practice or creative scholarship.
  • Applications that engage professionalization, such as conference travel, workshops, and hosting visiting artists will also be considered.
  • Groups may apply and should select a single student as the lead writer and point of contact.
  • Students and all 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 & Art History, English, Music, or Theatre & Dance.
  • In order to maximize the on-campus impact of each grant, students must be enrolled 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 considered throughout the academic year. Summer proposals or applications for the following academic year must be submitted by April 1st.
  • 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. Priority will be given to projects that benefit the campus arts community.  Please visit the Bucknell Arts Council website for past successful examples.

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.