Created by the Tisch Undergraduate Student Council (TUSC) and generously funded by Dean Allyson Green, ProFunds empower students to create their own works of art to share with the Tisch community.  Undergraduate students can apply for grants for an extracurricular, interdepartmental project resulting in a single production or event.  Projects should culminate in performances, exhibitions and/or screenings, must be open to the Tisch community, and must take place on or near the Washington Square or Brooklyn campus. 

2019-20 ProFunds Application Deadline: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 2019

Steps to Apply:

  1. Fill out the ProFunds application.
  2. Submit a budget request.  Use the sample that is provided in the budget request section.  
  3. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed via email during the third week of December regarding the status of the request. 
  4. Please review all of the information and guidelines below regarding Profunds.  If you have questions please email the Office of Student Affairs at

Information & Guidelines

Profunds Grant Requirements

a.  Applicants/team members must be enrolled full-time in a Tisch School of the Arts undergraduate major.

b. Each member of a project may be part of NO MORE than one (1) project submitted to Profunds.

c.  Profunds projects must include participants from at least three (3) different undergraduate Tisch departments, but are encouraged to include students in other Tisch departments and NYU schools.

d.  All applications must be for extracurricular projects and not for projects assigned in classes, seminars or lectures. Projects must be completed by April 24, 2020.

e.  Applications are final and due in completion by the assigned due date.  Projects may NOT be altered after their acceptance by Profunds.

f.  Grant applicants will be notified of their award status by mid-December.

g.  Grant recipients are required to meet with Profunds coordinators halfway through their project to apprise them of their progress and are encouraged to stay in close contact with TUSC throughout their project for assistance and support.

h.  Grant recipients will be required to submit a one-page report at the completion of the project describing its process and results.

i. Any project that includes filming may require Production Advisement from the Department of Film & Television. Projects that include a film component will be reviewed for this requirement.

Budget Guidelines

a.  Budgets must include ALL expected expenses for production.

b.  Budgets must include certification of approval (or pending approval) and contact information for equipment, location and spaces required for the production. 


c.  Budgets must conform to the template shown on this website.

d.  If there are additional funds being allocated to the project outside of Profunds,  the budget will need to reflect which expenses will be covered by Profunds and which expenses will be covered by alternate funding.  

e. Projects intending to charge an admissions fee must contact Caroline Wolfe Papocchia before submitting their proposal to discuss how this money will be used.  TUSC reserves the right to monitor the disbursement of collected funds if necessary.

f.  Profunds will provide funds for the creation of the project only (equipment, space, etc.) and not for service fees, personnel or other such expenses.

g.  All projects MUST attend a budget training session before being approved to use funds from Profunds 

Selection Process

a.  The Profunds selection committee will be looking to award grant money to projects that benefit more than just one person or department; in other words, projects that serve a larger good, either inter-departmentally, Tisch-wide, socially or in other ways.

b.  The Profunds selection committee supports work that moves Tisch students forward in their chosen fields and projects that can have an impact on other artists, audiences or communities.

c.  The Profunds selection committee will decide how many grants to award and in what amounts after they have reviewed all applications. The maximum grant amount awarded is $5,000.