Grants & Writing Prize

CARe Grants Fall 2024

Deadline: Monday, October 14, 9am (Pacific Time)

The Center for the Arts & Religion is pleased to offer grants of up to $2,000 in support of projects that center on religion & the arts. Projects must be linked directly to a student's progress toward a GTU degree or certificate program. Projects might include travel to conduct research or to present a paper at a conference; funding to assist with an art workshop; or fees related to a performance or event.

Please note, priority is given to Graduate Theological Union students. Doctoral students are the highest priority, followed by MA, and MDiv. As a policy, CARe/GTU grant funds cannot be used to fund student immersions, the purchase of equipment (e.g. cameras) or child care.

Who is eligible? The application process is open to all GTU students. Previous grant recipients may apply for new or follow-up grants, though CARe's preference is to support first-time applicants. Application forms must be fully completed and electronically submitted to Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Each application will be carefully considered by the CARe Grants Commitee, and notification will be provided within 6-8 weeks. 

Requirements? Awardees should reference GTU/CARe in presentations, publications, and promotional materials. Awardees are required to provide a short presentation and/or to submit a blog post for the CARe blog.  If, for any reason, the project cannot be undertaken or completed, all funds must be returned without delay. Awardees must submit an updated W9 form to the CARe office; CARe will forward the necessary paperwork to the GTU in order to release funds.

Writing Prize Spring 2025

Deadline: TBA

The Center for the Arts & Religion Writing Prize ($250) recognizes a paper that incorporates artwork, themes, and/or content from a current or upcoming Doug Adams Gallery exhibition. The paper must demonstrate direct relevance to the exhibition and excellence in writing. Papers should be 1200-1500 words in length, with the author’s name on each page and the word count noted on the upper right corner of the first page. Papers should be submitted to Each paper will be carefully considered by a CARe ad hoc committee. Notification will be provided in 2-4 weeks.

Who is eligible? All currently enrolled GTU students.

Requirements? The prize winner must present the paper at a public presentation either in person or online. The paper will also be featured as a post on the CARe Blog. Awardees should reference GTU/CARe in any related presentations and publications. In order to release funds, awardees must submit an updated IRS W9 to the CARe office. 

Faculty Arts Enrichment Grants

Rolling deadline

GTU faculty members, are you interested in integrating the arts into your course? Would you like to take your students on a field trip to a museum, concert, performance, or other arts event? CARe is offering $200 Arts Enrichment Grants to help fund tickets, transportation, and other expenses, in order to encourage faculty to add arts activities to their courses. 

To apply, send an email to, addressing the following points:

  • What is the venue you plan to visit; which specific activity or performance will you attend?
  • How will the grant help pay for the field trip? (e.g. BART tickets, museum admission, refreshments)
  • How will you use this arts enrichment in your teaching? Please attach a course syllabus.

Awardees will be required to report on their arts activity with an illustrated post for our blog CARe Package. Please note, this is a lump sum grant and awardees will be required to file a W9 with the GTU. This is not a reimbursement grant, so there is no need to keep receipts for CARe. Field trip expenses do not have to equal $200; remaining funding is considered an honorarium.