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 Spring 2021 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. 

Any CU Boulder faculty member, regardless of home department or unit, holding at least a one-half time, tenured, tenure track or rostered instructor appointment is eligible to submit a Small Grant application. Visiting faculty members and Adjuncts/Lecturers are not eligible to apply. GPTI’s interested in applying for the funds to support remote guest lectures in their AY 20-21 courses should click here.

Rostered instructors are defined as instructors holding a current, valid letter of offer and are a regular, permanent employee with an appointment that extends beyond one year; is supported by continuing general fund budget or recharge; and whose annual merit and reappointment evaluations follow the same procedures as tenure-track positions.

Applicants may receive up to one grant per semester.

Funds must be spent in the granting period in which they are awarded. Unused funds should be returned to the CHA prior to fiscal year end.

Funding will not be granted retroactively.

If a faculty member receives an external grant for a project funded by CHA, any portion of the Small Grant that covers duplicate expenses must be returned to the CHA. Equipment purchased with a Small Grant belongs to UCB, not the individual, and should be donated to a UCB unit at the end of the grant period.

Within one month of the completion of the grant period, recipients are required to submit a final report summarizing the project and describing the impact on your research. Future grant applications will not be considered until the final report is submitted.

Preference is given to scholars with distinguished records who bring expertise not already available on campus. If a speaker will be part of a regular CU Boulder series or other institutionalized CU Boulder event, the proposal should make clear how the regular series/event is providing funding and why the CHA is also being approached for funds.

When a publication, exhibit, or performance results from work supported by CHA, the recipient must acknowledge the CHA in publications, programs, flyers, using the lockups provided in your award letter.

Applications for grants are submitted using the web form Small Grant Application. Note: Letters of support from department Chairs are no longer required.

Applicants should plan to apply at least six weeks before the proposed grant period is needed. Retroactive funding will not be granted.

Project Description
Provide information about (1) the nature of the work (2) the importance of the work to your research area (3) expected outcomes and (4) how this grant contributes to supporting 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.”

Also, please provide methodology and, if archival research is going to be done, justify why travel is appropriate.

Applicants seeking to fund performances, lectures, and exhibitions must demonstrate that the event will promote faculty research, creative work, or a future performance. Events whose primary beneficiaries are undergraduate and/or graduate students are not eligible for funding.

Preference for conference travel applications will be given to a) international travel to present work at a demonstrably important venue (the “demonstrating” must be achieved by the applicant); b) travel that includes a legitimate research angle in addition to presenting work at a demonstrably important venue.

For those applying for the Spring 2021 classroom remote guest lectures, please be sure to include either the names of the remote guest lecturers for your classroom visits and/or the kinds of remote guest lecturers you hope to secure. Also, be sure to list the amount of honoraria you will be distributing per classroom remote guest lecture—the maximum amount of honoraria you can distribute is $200 per person/lecture. The total amount of funds you can apply for is $2000.00. It would be helpful for the committee to know how these classroom remote guest lectures will ultimately help you as an artist/researcher/scholar, even if only to free up your time to work on your art/scholarship. Classroom remote guest lectures cannot be retroactively funded beyond the small grant deadline—for the September 1 deadline we will only consider applications that are asking for remote guest lectures starting September 1 through the end of the semester.

Maximum length is three, double spaced pages. Use12-point font.

Provide an itemized, detailed and balanced budget. Be specific and include all necessary quotes. Quotes for travel-related costs can be obtained through Christopherson Business Travel

Applications less than $2,000.00 will be given priority for funding. Proposals over $2,000.00 should be larger in scope and need and include a demonstrated intention to secure additional funds to support the project.

Faculty members are expected to have exhausted their $1,500 Faculty Support Budget from A&S when applying for funding from CHA for individual research projects.

Costs associated with book production (photos, complex notation, bibliography, etc.) should be submitted to the Kayden Award before applying for a Small Grant. Please go to the College of Arts & Sciences for further information.

Within one month of the completion of the grant period, recipients are required to submit a final report summarizing the project and describing the impact on your research. Future grant applications will not be considered until the final report is submitted.

CHA Best Practices for Reviewing Applications

We are sharing these guidelines to be transparent and to ensure integrity in our selection processes. Our reviewers are members of the CHA faculty steering committee, and they are guided by principles of equity, inclusivity, and objectivity.

*Applications will be read and reviewed in an objective and unbiased manner.

*The strength of the proposal will be the main criterion for ranking all applications under review; letters, c.v., and other materials will be taken into consideration as secondary or tertiary to the proposal.

*Reviewers will recuse themselves from reading and ranking applications if there is a conflict of interest, which is defined as anyone who has a legal relationship to the applicant (partner, parent). Reviewers will refrain from reading/ranking applicants in their department, but discussion of final candidates is allowed after initial review and ranking.

*The contents of applications and the discussion of applications in all review committees are confidential -- information about applicants or the discussion of the applications may not be shared with others outside the review panel.

*Reviewers will adhere to timelines for reading applications out of respect to their fellow committee members as well as the applicants. Whenever possible, applications will be read and rankings made two weeks (and no later than three weeks) after the advertised application deadline; however, given the length of the faculty fellowship proposal, exceptions can be made and a separate timeline and process developed where circumstances demand.