The Center for Humanities & the Arts Small Grant provides up to $3,000 in support of the research and creative efforts of CU Boulder faculty to deepen and enrich the range of humanistic and artistic activities on campus. CHA uses the National Endowment for the Humanities' definition of the humanities:

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

In addition, CHA supports work in the creative and performing arts including but not limited to creative writing, painting, sculpting, composing or performing music, acting, directing, and dance, as well as critical, historical, and theoretical studies of the arts. The primary mission of CHA Small Grant is to support and promote arts and humanities faculty research.


Funding is provided for scholarly collaborations; research and creative work/performances; travel to archives; student assistants (esp. graduate students) to help with research projects; visiting scholars and guest lecturers; and organizing events and workshops. For indexing, copy-editing and purchasing permissions for images to use in publication, we suggest applying to the Kayden Research Grant. If you are unsuccessful in securing a Kayden grant, we will consider your application for aid in indexing, copy-editing, and purchasing permissions for images on a case-by-case basis.

Expenses Supported include:

  • Research/technical/creative assistance
  • Materials, equipment and supplies, copying
  • Travel to undertake research (e.g., libraries, archives, archeological sites)
  • Travel to present work at venues that enhance one’s research and creative activity
  • Foreign or domestic airfare
  • Ground transportation (e.g., car rental, train fare)
  • Lodging and meals
  • Space rental
  • Reception expenses and meals
  • Publicity
  • Honorarium and travel expenses for visiting scholars

CHA does not fund conference travel; we do recommend that you apply to the Arts & Science Fund for Excellence and to inquire with your department to see if there are additional travel funds. Additionally, CHA does not fund travel to institutions that have invited CU-Boulder faculty to speak, perform, teach, or mount an installation. However, for faculty artists who can demonstrate how an invitation by an institution (to perform, mount an installation or teach a master class) is crucial to their professional career (necessary for tenure and/or promotion) and provide proof that the host institution has limited funds for the invited faculty, then the CHA will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Grants are awarded on the merit of the proposed projects as a contribution to research in the arts and humanities, the record of the applicant, the quality of the application, and the expected contribution to the campus. As noted in the first paragraph of the Small Grant description, these monies are to be used to support research and creative projects.

NOTE: For eligibly faculty or rostered instructors (see policies) teaching Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 classes, we will be accepting Small Grant applications to support remote classroom guest lectures. We will fund up to $2000 for remote guest lecture honoraria between $100-200 (meaning, you can schedule between 10-20 guest lecturers for the semester). Please be as specific as you can about the remote guest lecturers who will be visiting your class; it is important that we know exactly who will be guest lecturing since the honoraria will need to be processed for specific people. We realize that you may need to make substitutions, but in general we would like to know who is coming to give a remote guest lecture (either asynchronous or synchronous) so that you do not have to return funds to the CHA. 


Final Report for Small Grant

If you recieve a Small Grant, you are expected to fill out a CHA Final Report form.

After the completion of the granting period or travel award, recipients are required to submit a final report (less than two pages) summarizing the project and and describing the impact on your research and CHA’s mission to “create convergences with multiple audiences for scholarly collaborations, artistic inspiration, and community building, all while fostering an environment of equity and inclusion that strengthens and enhances academic excellence.”

Please also provide information on plans for publication (if applicable) and if you hosted an event, the number of attendees. Photos and images may be emailed to cu-cha@colorado.edu

Future grant applications will not be considered until a final report is submitted. 

CHA Final Report