AVPA Arts Enhancement Grant


In order to support Texas A&M undergraduate and graduate students with their research and career goals, the AVPA offers Student Arts Enhancement Grant to support students’ arts related scholarly and creative projects at an initial stage, such as exhibitions, performances, and journal and book publications.

Award Details

Up to $1,200 will be awarded to a single project. Half will be awarded when the project starts. Half will be awarded upon the applicant’s providing an acceptance letter from an exhibition venue, a performance venue, or a publication agency.

This grant will fund: art work and research that leads to both juried and non-juried public events, exhibition, performance, and publication.

This grant will not fund: thesis work, dissertation work, or class projects.

Equipment purchased with the grant belongs to Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive the AVPA Student Arts Enhancement Grant. Students must be in good standing with the University. The AVPA Director and the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications.


All proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format to AVPA Program Coordinator (avpa@tamu.edu). Proposals must include:

  • Cover Sheet: The AVPA Student Arts Enhancement Grant Cover Sheet, including the appropriate department support signature.
  • Project Description: A description about the proposed project and/or the venue, its significance and impact, qualification of the applicants, and a timeline. Please provide a link to the venue being attended. Co-authored proposals should elaborate each applicant’s qualifications and education/career/research impact.
  • CV: A CV of the applicant illustrating studies and work relevant to the proposed project.
  • Letter of Support: An official letter from a faculty advisor explaining the significance of the project on the applicant’s educational and career goals.
  • Involvement with the AVPA: A list of AVPA events that the applicant involved in the past, such as volunteer work, attended shows, and attended visiting artist’s workshops. The AVPA office maintains a list of volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering for the AVPA please email the Program Coordinator (avpa@tamu.edu).
  • Budget: A clear budget with justifications. Matching funds, if applicable, should also be listed in the budget.

Evaluation Criteria

Grants will be awarded based on the quality of the application, the evidence of the applicant’s capacity to complete the project, the letter of support, and the availability of funds. Priorities will be given to students who participated AVPA workshops and events.

Proposals must demonstrate:

  1. The potential of the proposed project to result in outstanding creative and scholarly work;
  2. The impact of the work to the applicant’s study and career;
  3. The impact of the work to the community, academic and public, and immediate and broad;
  4. Applicant’s ability to complete the project; and
  5. The clarity and appropriateness of the proposed budget.


The AVPA accepts applications on a continuous basis. The grant period is at the maximum of one year. Funding will not reimburse expenses that already occurred.

Notification of awards and grants: Four weeks after the submission date.

Grant Report

Upon completing the project, all recipients are required to provide a report with the following information.

  1. Itemized expense report;
  2. Description of the experience and educational and career impacts for the applicant.

Any student who fails to comply with this requirement will not be eligible for future grants.