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Faculty Grants

The AVPA offers four competitive grants. The purpose of these grants is to enhance students' learning in the visual and performing arts in the Brazos Valley and further the field of arts education in research and practice. Grant proposals are expected to support the priorities of AVPA. For more information about each grant and guidelines, click on the links below:

AVPA Curricular Arts Enhancement Grant Application: The objective of the Curricular Arts Enhancement Grant is to enhance students’ learning in the visual and performing arts. Curricular Arts Enhancement Grants are designed to support:
  • Guest artist visits and engagements with students, courses, and programs;
  • Innovative arts-related pedagogical experimentation with the potential for long-term impacts.

AVPA Arts Enhancement Grant Application: The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) offers Arts Enhancement Grants to provide support for TAMU faculty arts research, production, performance, or exhibition. The supported activities should enhance the educational experience of the arts in the Brazos Valley. Priority will be given to new projects with the potential to have transformative effects on students, faculty, and the wider community; these impacts should be clear and compelling. These grants may be used to support short-term projects but are also intended to provide seed monies for longer-term projects that may be able to obtain external funding for long-term support. Outcomes of the supported activities must be accessible to the wider Texas A&M University community in a public presentation, as a sharable artifact, or in a related format. 

AVPA Pandemic Innovative Arts Grant Application:  In order to enhance the arts at Texas A&M University and in light of the ongoing need for social distancing and similar measure to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 infection, The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) is offering new Pandemic Innovative Arts Grants to support the development, production, and public presentation of original performance and visual art works on campus in 2021.

AVPA Virtual Workshop Grant Application:  In order to respond to the limited travels and face-to-face interactions during the fall and continuously enhance the Arts at Texas A&M, the AVPA is offering a new "Virtual Workshop Grant" of $500 each to support collaborations between faculty members and external artists in conducting virtual workshops during the academic year of 2020-2021 to enhance students’ learning experience.

All proposals must include the Cover Sheet, including the appropriate department head signatures.

Cover Sheets:
Grant Reporting Forms:  Upon completing the awarded project, the awardee is responsible for submitting a project report to
The AVPA Director and the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications.

Granting Schedule:  There are two granting periods per academic year.

Fall Submission
Opening date for the submission of proposalsSeptember 10
Applications due: October 25
Notification of awards and grants: November 15

Spring Submission
Opening date for the submission of proposals
: March 4
Applications due: April 21
Notification of awards and grants: May 15 

Please note, the AVPA accepts applications for Virtual Workshop Grants on a continuous basis. The grant period is for a maximum of one year.
Notification of awards and grants: Within four weeks of the submission date.

Frequently Asked Questions About AVPA Faculty Grants

Who can apply?
Faculty from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Architecture, or College of Education and Human Development may apply as Principal Investigator for AVPA grants. Proposals featuring interdisciplinary partnerships with faculty from other colleges are encouraged.
Faculty from beyond Liberal Arts, Architecture, and Education and Human Development who are interested in partnering with faculty from those colleges are encouraged to contact the Director of the AVPA for assistance in seeking out appropriate collaborators.
How often may I receive each grant?
A faculty member may only apply for one AVPA grant during each regular grant cycle. No more than two grants of each type may be awarded to a single faculty member in any three-year period (this rule only applies to principle investigators, grants awarded to co-investigators do not count against the two-grants-in-three-years total).
How are grant proposals evaluated?
Grant proposals are evaluated by the members of the AVPA Advisory Board (including the Director). Each grant has specific evaluation criteria that can be found in each grant’s guidelines document. Make sure that you are applying to the correct grant for the project you are proposing.
All successful grant proposals have the following in common:
  • Clarity and Comprehensiveness: the goals, methods, and outcomes of the proposed project are clearly stated and detailed. Tell us what the project will produce, and how you will use grant funds to accomplish those ends.
  • Impact: impacts on students, faculty, and the community are clearly highlighted. The AVPA was founded to enhance the arts on campus; how will your project serve this goal? Be as specific as possible in detailing the numbers of students, faculty, and community members your project will impact, and the quality of the impact you will have on each constituency.
  • Appropriateness: budget and investigator are well-matched to the proposed project. Your budget should be comprehensive and detailed, and your qualifications to accomplish the project should be evident.
Can proposals be revised following submission?
No, grant proposals should be complete and comprehensive when they are submitted. Proposals are distributed to the AVPA Advisory Board soon after the proposal deadline; we cannot ensure that those proposals will be updated with revisions received following that deadline. In rare cases the AVPA Advisory Board will request revisions on certain proposals under review. In those cases, new deadlines will be set by the Advisory Board.
How much detail must I include in my project budget?
A detailed and itemized budget is essential to a successful grant application. When reviewing grants, the AVPA Advisory Board looks closely at the application’s budget to ensure it is sufficiently detailed, reasonable, and free of mathematical errors. Each part of the budget should be appropriate and essential to the project, and should demonstrate that the applicants are fully prepared to successfully execute the project they propose.
On all budgetary matters, please check with your department’s business office to ensure that your proposal falls within Texas A&M University guidelines for the official use of funds.
Can grant funds be used to pay project personnel (e.g. undergraduate or graduate research assistants)?
Yes, grant funds may be used to pay project personnel, especially undergraduate and graduate assistants. Employing students on granted projects is an important way your project can have an impact, and should be highlighted as such in your grant proposal. Nonetheless, personnel costs should not make up the majority of your proposed budget.
Your proposed budget must detail the hourly rate and expected hours for personnel, and your project description must make a clear case for how the requested personnel are essential to accomplishing your project.
If you have a particular candidate in mind for the personnel for your project, please include details on their appropriateness for the project in your project description.

Can grant funds be used to purchase equipment?
Yes, grant funds may be used to purchase equipment. In most cases, equipment purchased should cost less than $500, and plans for the disposition of the equipment following the end of the project should be included in the grant proposal.
Can grant funds be used to pay summer salary, commissioning fees, etc.?
No, grant funds cannot be used to pay any salary, fees, or similar to principle investigators or co-investigators.

Can grant funds be used to purchase participant incentives, fund receptions, etc.?
No, grant funds may not be used to purchase incentives, pay participants who are not essential project personnel, fund receptions, purchase refreshments for informational meetings, etc. Every item in your budget must be essential to the project proposed.
Will grants reimburse past expenses?
No, grant funds may not be used to reimburse past expenses.

Can the reporting deadline be extended if a project is continuing?
In most cases, AVPA grant funds are expected to be used within one year of their award. If a project has not been completed by the end of that one-year period the Principal Investigator should contact the Director and Program Coordinator of the AVPA to explain the circumstances and need for a project extension.
 Questions regarding each funding opportunity should be emailed to the Department:  Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts