About the Grant Programs
Alumnx Council Seed Grants
Alumnx Council Grants are a way the Institute gives back to alumnx artists through seed funding for projects, events, and happenings that promote the alumni community’s sense of connection, collaboration, inclusion, and impact on the arts.
Proposals that are collaborative, experimental, reflect our community’s diversity, and involve the participation of multiple alumnx are encouraged. This initiative values partnership among CalArts, the alumnx community, and the Alumnx Council.
Grants may be applied toward expenses such as, but not limited to, production, equipment, rentals, supplies, hospitality, printing, promotions, etc. Proposed projects should be open to/shareable with the alumnx community; weblinks, prints, exhibits, RSVP and/or registration (for events) are allowable and recommended. The goal is for the end product to be accessible to the alumnx community.
Twelve grants of $500 each will be awarded in the 2019-20 year. These grants are funded by the Office of Alumnx Engagement via the CalArts Fund, the primary vehicle by which alumnx support their schools, scholarships, students and initiatives like this. To lend your support to the CalArts Fund, visit this link.
Graphic Design Alumnx Grants
The program in Graphic Design is offering six $500 grants for graphic design alumnx. These grants are meant to support alumnx in realizing self-directed projects. The grants are made possible by funds generated from Coursera online courses, created by graphic design faculty members.
Deliverables as part of the partnership
We ask grantees for the following as part of the partnership with the Alumnx Council and wider alumni community:
- Ability to share the product/project/event with the alumnx and the CalArts community and invite attendance/participation.
- Images of the product/project/event sent to firstname.lastname@example.org within a week of completion
- Documentation of project/event examples include process documents, copy of the work, attendee sign-in sheets, event registration print outs, etc.
- A brief write-up about your project and experience with receiving a grant following the award
*These items will be utilized by the Alumnx Engagement Office to help demonstrate the community impact of the grants program.
Spring 2020 Deadlines & Selection Information
Application: April 15, 2020, 5PM PST: Alumnx Seed Grant Applications will open on April 1, 2020
Award Notification: May 20, 2020
Disbursement: by June 10, 2020
Seed Grant Applications are evaluated by the Alumnx Council twice per academic year. Not every proposal is funded. Funds are disbursed approximately 2-3 weeks after award notifications are made and all necessary paperwork has been submitted from the grantee to CalArts. Twelve awards will be granted in the 2019-20 (six awards in two grant cycles) year.
Six $500 Graphic Design Alumnx Grants will be issued in Spring 2020. A select number of Graphic Design Faculty will conduct a blind scoring process of all applications received. Not every proposal is funded. Funds are disbursed approximately 2-3 weeks after award notifications are made and all necessary paperwork has been submitted from the grantee to CalArts.
It is the responsibility of the recipient to responsibly steward awarded funds and consult their tax professional regarding declaring such funds.
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