Funding Programs

The Arts Initiative supports ideas across all three campuses, encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, and provides funding opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and units. Our funding programs also support artists near and far, as well as local organizations, through collaborations with units on campus. 

Arts Initiative Project Support (AIPS)

The Arts Initiative Project Support (AIPS) grant funding opportunity increases arts access and activity across campus and in the region. AIPS will facilitate and strengthen one or more of these areas: performances and exhibitions; staff and faculty ideas; collaboration; and arts learning for staff, faculty, students, and the public. 

Arts + the Curriculum

Arts & the Curriculum supports development of courses or curricular programs that bring the arts into student learning. The Arts Initiative seeks to increase the number of students who engage in the arts through their coursework at the University of Michigan; through a direct faculty-to-student interaction in a class, or indirectly through faculty training sessions or evaluation projects that contribute to case-making in arts pedagogy. 

Arts Research: Incubation & Acceleration (ARIA)

The Arts Research: Incubation & Acceleration (ARIA) program, a joint effort conceived and funded through a collaboration between the University of Michigan Arts Initiative and the Office of the Vice President of Research, seeks to elevate and expand arts research and creative practice across the University of Michigan’s campuses and schools.

Course Connections Faculty Grants

Course Connections funding supports faculty who are seeking to incorporate arts-based learning into the curriculum of any undergraduate course at U-M. These funds may be used for admission to museums and performances, for workshops by visiting artists, and for class projects, such as performances, exhibitions, or publications by your class.

Graduate Student Arts Research Grant

A Graduate Student Arts Research Grant (GSARG) is a monetary grant of up to $5000 to support student-led arts work or research as part of a U-M grad student’s studies. Any current graduate student at U-M can apply for a grant for a project in the arts by themselves or on behalf of a team. Applications will reopen in the Fall of 2024.

Projects in Partnership (PiP)

Projects in Partnership (PiP) (*formerly Collaborative Projects) are large-scale projects that: activate the campus and community; increase arts engagement for students, faculty, staff, and the region; and leverage interdisciplinary partnerships for impact that could not be achieved effectively by one partner alone. Up to four projects will be selected annually that align with the mission, vision and goals of the Arts Initiative. Projects awarded will reflect a diversity of artistic, intellectual, and expressive modes, as well as audiences. 

Student Mini-Grants

Student Mini-Grants are available to undergraduate student groups and individuals to support arts and cultural projects such as exhibitions, performances, concerts, guest-artist visits, site-specific art, workshops, films, festivals and publications.

Visiting Artist Integration Project

The U-M Arts Initiative launched this cyclical semester-long visiting artist program to integrate the creative vision and dynamic thinking of artists into our process of engagement and learning.

Michigan Marching Band players at a past game on the field during a Sept. 11 tributes show.

Visiting Artist Support Grants

Intended for established visiting artists and residency programs, these grants aim to increase capacity and expand engagement on campus.

Grant Writing Resource
Crafting a Strong Grant Applications in the Arts: A Worksheet