Brown Arts Initiative

Proposals are submitted online via UFunds. The fall 2020 funding cycle opens Sept 14 and closes Oct 16 at 5pm.

Public Presentation

Public Presentation Grants emphasize the inherent contribution of arts events and performances to the cultural landscape.

Funded presentations are designed to help bring new artistic work and voices to the public while engaging audiences of varied sizes and compositions. Events eligible for funding include lectures, readings, screenings, performances, concerts, panels and symposia that highlight artists and their creative practices. Integrated with arts departments and curriculum, the program benefits members of the Brown community, as well as the general public beyond Brown’s campus.

Temporary Changes Due to COVID

  • Due to COVID guidelines set forth by Brown University and the State of Rhode Island, BAI is only accepting applications for public presentations that are remote/virtual at this time.
  • Since travel, lodging, and catering expenses will no longer be necessary, the maximum grant amount for which you can apply has been adjusted from $5,000 to $3,000.
  • Given the University is following a trimester model, proposals may be submitted for events taking place in any term in AY21 (fall 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021). 


Applications are considered on a biannual basis from any permanent faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, or lecturer) of Brown University whose assigned responsibilities include promoting ideas through the arts. Brown adjunct professors, post doctoral fellows and MFA or PhD students with teaching responsibilities are also eligible to apply, however, you must be teaching at Brown for the semester in which you apply and the semester in which your event is taking place. 

Grant recipients who have received funding during last academic year (either fall 2019 or spring 2020) must take a hiatus of one year before applying for additional support. 

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a Grants Committee that includes Brown arts faculty and staff members. Awards will be made based on the following:

  • Intrinsic merit of the work
  • Evidence of innovation and experimentation
  • Integration with BAI philosophy and priorities
  • Provision of a well considered and reasonable budget
  • A feasible time frame for completion

BAI supported programming will be guided, in part, by three-year themes. The theme for 2020-2023 is REMAKING the real. Proposals that support BAI thematic programming or involve interdisciplinary collaborators are encouraged.

Award Conditions

Award funds may be applied to reasonable and necessary costs of events and programs. These expenses may include: artists fees, production costs, marketing expenses and other fees that directly support the program and help to reach the intended audience. Any expenses incurred must adhere to Brown’s contract labor, purchasing and travel guidelines. 

Timeline and Procedure for Submitting Proposals

All applicants who plan to submit proposals must begin the application process by meeting with their department managers to review the proposed projects and budgets. This conversation is essential to ensure departmental priorities and COVID guidelines are met. Please allow adequate time for this initial step. 

Proposals are submitted electronically via UFunds. A completed application includes a project budget (submitted using the provided budget template). If you encounter difficulty accessing the application, please contact Katie Vincelette at [email protected] for assistance. 

Application Deadline and Award Notification

Semester Applied: Proposal Takes Place: Application Open: Application Close:
Fall 2020 Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 Mon, Sept 14 Fri, Oct 16 at 5pm
Spring 2021 Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 Mon, Jan 25 Fri, Feb 19 at 5pm

Award notifications will be made in early November 2020. 

Reporting Requirements

Within 30 days of the conclusion of the award period, grant recipients must complete the required final report form, which asks grant recipients to describe the work accomplished and reflect on both successful outcomes and challenges. In addition, final reports must include photo, video or other documentation for BAI promotional purposes and inclusion in the BAI archive. Provided images must conform to Brown’s Image Use Policy.