Profunds

Pro Funds is a grant program for extracurricular, interdepartmental projects created for the Tisch community. Pro Funds is funded by the Tisch Undergraduate Student Council (TUSC) and Dean Allyson Green and is open to all currently enrolled Tisch undergraduate students.

To apply for a 2020-2021 Pro Funds Grant, fill out the Pro Funds Application Form. Include a proposed budget using the budget template as an example.

Application deadline: December 16, 2020

Winner notification: January 2021

Project deadline: April 23, 2021 

IMPORTANT: Due the on-going pandemic, projects will only be approved for Pro Funds if the entire project plan abides by current NYU, New York State, and Federal public health guidelines, including limited in-person gathering, the use of masks, and social distancing. Winning projects may be subject to alteration as guidelines change.

Information & Guidelines

Profunds Grant Rules

a. Pro Funds is intended to support projects that embody a genuine collaboration between group members. Project teams must include participants from at least (3) different undergraduate Tisch departments, and all participants must contirbute to the project in a meaningful way.

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

c. Each team member can only participate in one (1) project submitted to Pro Funds.

d. Projects must be an experience open to the Tisch community either virtually or on or near the Washington Square or Brooklyn campus. Proejcts can be a performance, exhibition, screening, etc.

e.  All applications must be for extracurricular projects and not for projects assigned in classes, seminars or lectures. 

f.  Projects may NOT be altered after application is submitted.

g.  Grant recipients are required to meet with Pro Funds advisors during their project, and are encouraged to stay in contact with TUSC for assistance and support.

h. 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.  Pro Funds applications MUST include a budget that conforms to the template.

b. Budgets must include ALL anticipated project expenses, including equipment, space rental, catering, publicity, honorariums, vendor payments, etc. 

*STUDENTS CANNOT SIGN ANY CONTRACTS RELATED TO THE PRO FUNDS PROJECT*

c.  If the project is partially funded by sources outside of Pro Funds, the budget must reflect which expenses will be covered by alternate funding. 

d. The maximum grant award is $5,000. Projects are not guaranteed to be awarded the full amount requested.

e. Projects that include a ticket charge or admissions fee must contact Student Affairs prior to submission. TUSC reserves the right to monitor the disbursement of collected funds.

f.  Grant winners MUST attend a budget training session prior to incurring expenses. 

Selection Process

a. The Pro Funds Selection Committee is comprised of administrators, faculty, deans, and students leaders from the Tisch community. The committee will determine grant winners and allocations after all applications are reviewed.

b. The committee is looking for projects that benefit more than just one person or department; in other words, projects that impacts other artists and serve a larger good, either inter-departmentally, Tisch-wide, socially, or in other ways.