For Spring 2013 grants from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier — our inaugural year — the deadline for applications is 11:59pm on February 14th, 2013. In future years, deadlines will be in late October (for Spring grants) and late March (for Summer and Fall grants).
Beginning in February 2013, applications for FRFAF Microgrants (up to $500) can be submitted anytime, using the same application form, and will generally be evaluated within 1 calendar week.
How to Apply
All applications must be submitted via our Online Application Form. Your application is your chance to tell us about your proposed project, why it’s interesting, and how you plan to use the grant. Your finished application will include:
- A full proposal, following the guidelines provided (for grants larger than $500),
OR a brief project description (for FRFAF Microgrants, up to $500)
- A detailed budget for the project
- Pertinent supporting materials, including prior work samples, preliminary research, etc.
- (Required of students) a letter of support from your faculty advisor or course instructor.
Grants are disbursed in any of the following ways, by arrangement with the STUDIO:
- Through direct purchases through the university’s accounting system — in which purchases may be made on the recipient’s behalf by the STUDIO or another departmental business administrator.
- In the form of reimbursements for expenses, upon submission of valid receipts to the STUDIO
- In the form of a check made out to the recipient. This option is only available to students who have received FRFAF Microgrants. Please note carefully: this may constitute taxable income.
Funded projects must be completed within six months after the release of funds, unless an alternate timeline has been approved in advance. Should completion of the project exceed the anticipated timeline, written notification must be submitted to the STUDIO’s Director for approval.
Final reports are due within one month of project completion and should include the following:
- A narrative summarizing the project’s process and outcome
- Documentation of the supported project, which could include any combination of photographs, video, and/or audio recordings
- Where appropriate, source code bundles or links to source repositories
- A financial report itemizing all income and expenses for the project
Final reports and documentation of all work will be archived on The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry website. If requested by the selection committee, recipients of grants larger than $500 may be asked to provide interim (“milestone”) project reports. The committee may adjust award amounts based on this interim review process. Grant recipients may be asked to present their work at an annual exhibition and/or presentation of all work supported that year by the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier.
FRFAF Selection Committee
Grantees of the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier are selected by the STUDIO Director in consultation with a committee comprised of the following: the Head of the CMU School of Art; a College of Fine Arts faculty member outside of the STUDIO and the School of Art, who is appointed by the Dean of the College of Fine Arts; a faculty member outside of the College of Fine Arts who has a demonstrated interest in the intersection of their discipline and art (to be selected by the Provost); a CMU student (selected by the Provost); and at least one highly respected representative from the greater Pittsburgh art community. Applications to the FRFAF Microgrant program are reviewed by the Director of the STUDIO.
For the 2013-2014 funding cycle, the Frank-Ratchye committee is: Golan Levin (STUDIO Director and Associate Professor, CMU School of Art); John Carson (Head, CMU School of Art); Aisling Kelliher (Associate Professor, CMU School of Design); Garth Zeglin (Project Scientist, CMU Robotics Institute); Jane Werner (Director, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum); and a CMU student to be determined.