To encourage the continued development of an intellectual community around the arts and arts practice at BU and enhance our student-life experience, the BU Arts Initiative offers grants to faculty, students, and staff for projects that directly engage students in the arts. A BU Arts Council committee will review all proposals. Currently two types of grants are available:

Special Projects: Projects that directly engage BU students in the arts

Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 Projects: November 14, 2014
Fall 2015 Projects: March 27, 2015


Preference will be given to projects that would continue to have a life after funding, are connected to the BU Arts Initiative Signature event (if announced), and promise maximum impact. Priority projects will be interdisciplinary in nature, include cross-college and cross-school collaborations, and match the BU priorities of inclusiveness and enhancing student-life experience.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of the grant information or procedures.  Read the below criteria carefully.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. We recommend printing these criteria and reviewing them carefully before submitting your proposal.

  • Projects must be focused on engaging BU students in arts activity or an academic exploration of the arts
  • $2,000 maximum
  • The BU Arts Initiative will not fund more than 50% of a project (i.e. you must have 50% of the funds from elsewhere)
  • The project coordinator is responsible for arranging and managing the event and securing appropriate permissions
  • Statements and contact information from proposed partners must be included
  • The project must be sponsored by a university office or program
  • A detailed budget of both income and specific expenditures for the entire project must be submitted separately to – proposals without budget submissions will not be considered
  • We will not fund food (receptions, dinners, etc.)
  • Proposals by students for projects required for coursework cannot be considered
  • A post-project report will be required within 30 days of the completion of the project
  • Grantees are expected to track student participation (specific names and BU ID) for reporting

grant application

Arts Integration: Supporting arts integration for non-arts-related courses

Application Deadline

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but funds are limited.


Arts integration grants support the use of the arts as a tool for teaching non-arts disciplines. Faculty may apply for up to $500 to support arts-related expenses for undergraduate and graduate courses. Possible initiatives might include a visiting artist, a class visit to a performance or exhibition, or arts material for the classroom. (Funds may not be used for refreshments.)

Priority will be given to new initiatives in integrating the arts into a course.

application form