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Deadline: 12/01/2024 (Tentative)

General Information

The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation supports innovative arts activities throughout the University of Pennsylvania community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers. Their vision is that the arts at Penn are valued and embraced as a creative catalyst, driving innovation, inspiration, and action. There are currently two funding avenues for:

  • Student Grants- The Sachs Program offers grant opportunities specifically for University of Pennsylvania students once a year, following a different timeline than our annual grant cycle. Sachs Program Student Grants are offered annually in the fall, and Ben Art Bucks are awarded on a rolling basis.
  • Annual Grants- The Sachs Program 2024 Annual Grants include a range of opportunities to support University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff, departments, programs and centers, and collaborations with community partners and with student groups.

Broadly, Sachs Program grant falls under one of four categories—Teaching Art, Making Art, Presenting Art, and Student grants—and, within those categories, there are 10 grant types. Each grant awarded is affiliated with at least one school or center from across the University of Pennsylvania community.

Grants range in size, with most opportunities between $4,000 and $8,000. All grantmaking is aligned with the Sachs’ vision to support teaching art, making art, and presenting art, as well as their aim to provide Penn students with increased access to the arts and humanities.

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Deadlines vary by grant opportunity, with the deadlines for the Student Grants being in December and Annual Grants being in February. Before submitting your grant application, you must submit a Grant Inquiry Form. The deadline for the Grant Inquiry Form is earlier than the grant application. All information about deadlines can be found on the Important Deadlines Page of the website.

Eligibility Guidelines

The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation provides grants to members of the University of Pennsylvania community, including students, faculty, staff, departments, programs, centers, and alumni. Applicants must have a current affiliation with Penn that is anticipated to extend through the completion of any funded project (other than alumni) or have sought special permission from their department, program, or center. Non-standing faculty and staff must be employed at Penn for one academic year before they are eligible to apply.

More details about each eligibility criteria for each grant opportunity can be found on the Eligibility Page of the website.

Application Details

Information about How to Apply, Criteria, Priorities, and Evaluation Process can be found on the website.


Research Offering Type




Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton



Contact Information

If you have questions about which Sachs Program grant opportunity most closely aligns with your idea(s), please email

If you have any questions about deadlines, please email Sachs Program associate Tamara Suber at

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your proposal, please contact Sachs Program Associate Director Chloe Reison at