Fine Arts Fees (FAF) Grants

Eligibility and Goals

FAF GrantsAny College of Fine Arts’ student group that is registered with ASUU may apply for funding from the Fine Arts Fees Grants Funding Committee for noncredit activities that 1) enhance student learning and/or 2) enhance the student experience for the larger University community and/or 3) create or host fine arts events on campus and in the greater Salt Lake City area. Projects must originate in the College of Fine Arts, be a student-driven extracurricular experience, be advised by a College of Fine Arts faculty member and the department chair or director, and may involve students from other colleges. 17-18 Faculty Advisor Letter

While all Fine Arts student groups must be registered with ASUU, they may not apply directly to ASUU for funding. Instead, groups must apply for Fine Arts Fees Grants (FAF Grants) to be awarded support.

The Fine Arts Fees Grants funding committee evaluates each proposal based on several factors—including overall quality, clarity of goals/benefits, ability to execute the project within the proposed timeframe, and appropriateness of estimated expenses. Within the proposal, consider addressing the following topics:

  • Direct and/or long-term benefits to students or the student experience
  • Number of students involved/impacted
  • Special extracurricular opportunities
  • Interdisciplinary activities
  • Innovation of proposed project

(Proposals need not address all of the topics listed above, but should address any that are applicable)

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Contact Your FAF Grants Representative

Special Note: The University requires that any direct financial benefit awarded to a student be reported to the University Scholarships Office. The most common example of this would be FAF Grants awarded for student travel. FAF Grants funding that is awarded as a direct financial benefit to a student will be reported to the University Scholarships Office, and the student’s cost of attendance will be adjusted accordingly. As a result, the receipt of a FAF Grants should not impact a student’s financial aid or scholarship awards, if applicable.

Restrictions on Use of Funds

  • The maximum Fine Arts Fees Grants award for each student group is $6,000 annually.
  • Student clubs must submit a grant for each proposed project. Multi-project grants will not be accepted.
  • No projects will be funded for which students will receive a grade or university credit as a result of involvement with the proposed project.
  • Monies are not typically awarded for funding parties or other social events.
  • Monies cannot purchase non-consumable materials or equipment.
  • Travel and per diem can be paid in full for visiting artists/lectures coming to campus. Lodging costs will be funded at the departmental rate for the University Guest House.
  • Student travel will only be considered if the students are performing, presenting, or exhibiting their creative or scholarly research or attending a professional or scholarly conference. Funding may only be awarded for the students directly involved.
  • Student travel can only be received by matriculated (degree seeking) students. Students must be matriculated at the University of Utah at the time of the proposed travel.
  • Funding for student travel (including air, car, bus, metro and all lodging expenses) may be funded at no more than 50%, but conference/registration fees can be paid up to 100%.
  • These funds do not pay for U of U student per diem.
  • These funds may not be used to pay U of U faculty.
  • These funds may not be used to pay U of U students for their participation in the project.
  • These funds may only be used to pay staff if the proposed activity is clearly outside of (or in addition to) their usual duties.


There are two funding meetings per year, one each semester. Proposals awarded for the Fall funding cycle, but take place after Spring funding meeting, will be required to submit a Project Status Report due on February 8, 2019 to .

Note: It can take minimally two weeks to research, write, and get approval of a FAF Grant. Please plan accordingly so your grant will be the highest quality and so FAF Grants can support your extracurricular work. 

Fall Semester
  • Applications due to the Department’s FAF Grants Rep – September 21, 2018 by 5PM (the Department FAF Grants Rep will be responsible for obtaining the CFA Chair/Director Signature)
  • Applications due to the CFA Dean’s Office (250 ART) – September 28, 2018 by 5PM
  • Fine Arts Fees Grants Funding Committee Meeting (CRCC 215) – October 19, 2018 at 3:00PM

Spring Semester

  • Applications due to the Department’s FAF Grants Rep – February 8, 2019 by 5PM (the Department FAF Grants Rep will be responsible for obtaining the CFA Chair/Director Signature)
  • Applications due to the CFA Dean’s Office (250 ART) – February 15, 2019 by 5PM
  • Fine Arts Fees Grants Funding Committee Meeting – March 1, 2019 at 3:00PM

Proposals must be submitted prior to the planned project/event. Proposal are not awarded retroactively except for the following circumstances: 1) The committee will consider proposals at the Fall meeting for projects/events that occur between July 1 and the Fall meeting. 2) The committee will consider proposals for opportunities (i.e., performances and scholarly conferences) where notification was received outside of the funding timeline Retroactive funding is not guaranteed. 

pdfFAF Grants Instructions and Application

pdf17-18 Faculty Advisor Letter

xlsxFAF Grants Student Travel Budget

xlsFAF Grants Local Budget

pdfPost FAF Grant Report Instructions

FAF Grants Spending 

FAF Grants financially supports student-driven extracurricular experiences. Since the academic year 2011-12 the number and amount of FAF Grants request has remianed consistent. In the 2014-15 year, the FAF Grants committee concerned that the students were struggling to determine overestimating the amounts that the needed, implemented a mid-year check-in report. As a result, the following years demonstrate stronger alignment between the amount awarded and the amount spent. 

For the complete 2016-2017 FAF Grants Annual Report, click here

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