Project Assistance Grants

Bartman Emergency Grant for Photography and Media Students

The Bartman Emergency Grant is generously funded through a private donation from the Bartman Family. The Photography and Media Program offers an emergency grant for BFA4 and MFA students in need. Average awards range between $200 and $400 depending on the nature of the emergency.

To apply for the grant, students should submit a one-page proposal to the Program Director including the following: 1. Explain the emergency nature of the situation; 2. Write the specific amount being requested, with an explanation of how the grant would assist you in achieving your goal, and listing the expenses to which the grant would be allocated; 3. Include a budget, detailing your income and expenses and including ALL funds already awarded to you by CalArts. 

Proposals should be given to the Art School Administrative Assistant in the Art Office. Proposals are reviewed once a month. 

CCS Sustainability Grants

The CalArts Commission for Sustainability, in collaboration with the CFO Office, offers these grants to any student and/or Thesis Project that contributes to harvesting environmentally friendly practices, raising ecological or social awareness, and providing an educational experience within the context of sustainability.

DAFCA (Disney Artists for CalArts) Grants

DAFCA grants are designed to assist students with emergencies that cannot be addressed by obtaining an Emergency Loan. Registered students who have unmet financial need are eligible to receive $100 maximum but in special circumstances may be eligible for up to $200 per academic year. Applications are available through the Student Experience Office. Grants are awarded as long as funds are available and are not made during breaks. NOTE: The DAFCA grant is considered a qualified educational need grant, and CalArts is not required to report the income to the IRS. However, the grant may still be taxable to the student, and should be reported to the IRS by the student.

Deans’ Reserve Funds

These funds are distributed at the discretion of the Dean of each school or his/her representative. Like the DAFCA grant, it is given only to students who have unmet financial need. More information is available from the offices of the individual Deans.

Diversity Student Projects Grants

Modest grants of $300 to fund student projects in support of diversity at CalArts through interaction, education, and practice are available. Collaborative proposals involving participants from more than one School are encouraged, and projects must be open and accessible to the Institute as a whole. It is important to clearly articulate how your project promotes diversity. Please note that this grant does not support travel. Grant applications are reviewed by the Grants Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee. More information.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres Travel Grant

Funded by a grant from The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, the Art School will award the grant to art students each Spring semester. Students who wish to travel either domestically or internationally to pursue an artistic project can apply for support through this fund. The travel period can range from 3 weeks to 3 months. See the School of Art Office for more information.

Intercultural Arts Project Committee (ICAP) Grants

The Intercultural Arts Project (ICAP) was established at CalArts in 1988 to help increase and sustain the presence of artists from many different cultures (emphasis on artists who live and work beyond the Eurocentric sphere while maintaining the aesthetic perspective of their specific backgrounds). The Project seeks to foster the mutual exchange of aesthetic, social, and political concerns through artistic interaction among diverse artists, the CalArts community and the wider constituencies of Southern California.

Schools, programs or individuals may submit project proposals for consideration. Grant applications are reviewed by the Grants Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee. More information

Interdisciplinary Project Grants

Interdisciplinary Project Grants are available to students who will be enrolled at CalArts during the semester of the award. Grants are available for up to $1,500 to support projects with a significant interdisciplinary element. Current students can find more information about this opportunity on the Awards & Project Support section on the Hub.

Center for Life and Work Travel Grants

Current students may apply for a Center for Life & Work Travel Grant to fund travel expenses incurred during creative or academic pursuits and projects, or to support the success of the student’s experience in their program. Travel funds can include airfare, transportation, lodging, and any entrance or registration fees. Travel can occur any time throughout the year and grants will be distributed through reimbursement, based on the amount approved through the application. Awards range between $100 - $500. For more information please email Bailey Cool at NOTE: The CLW Travel grant is considered a qualified educational grant, and CalArts is not required to report the income to the IRS. However, the grant may still be taxable to the student, and should be reported to the IRS by the student.

Students' Union Grants

Student's Union produces a variety of events and awards grants for selected student activities and projects. Grants are awarded as long as funds are available. Applications are available on the HUB ( > Menu > Resources for Students > Students' Union > Grants) and are awarded on a reimbursement basis only. For questions, contact, or visit the office D216, ext. 2753.

The Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund

The Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund offers up to 5 annual grants from $1,000-2,000. These awards are available to BFA 3s, 4s, and MFA students in the Photography & Media Program and the Film/Video Program. Priority will be given to developing final and thesis level projects. Successful submissions must express a clear investigation of social documentary forms through a lens-based practice. Please contact the School of Art Office for more information.

Theater Student Travel Fund

Theater students can apply for funds to assist with travel relating to various projects. Submit applications to Paul Turbiak, School of Theater Office. Cycle One applications (for travel July 1 - October 31) are due by May 1st. Cycle Two applications (for travel November 1 - March 15) are due by October 1st. Cycle Three applications (for travel March 16 - June 30) are due by March 1st.