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Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP) Fund

The Division of the Arts believes the arts are a vital resource. They are a means to express outrage against social and political injustices; to imagine and build more inclusive futures through community practice. The arts promote understanding, joy, and appreciation for the plural identities present in our communities. They are functional tools for artists and audiences to address issues of inequity and articulate the need for social change.

UW–Madison students have the talent, creativity, and ability to imagine timely responses to significant community challenges, especially through the arts. Students can use the arts to create change through action. That’s why the Division of the Arts is pleased to offer the Artivism Student Action Program! The grant facilitates student-led endeavors demonstrating strong intersections of art and activism. In turn, our communities will move closer to the vision for equity and inclusivity that we hold as a campus.

The Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP) Fund will increase the financial capacity for students and student organizations to implement important events focused on:

  • the intersections of art and activism;
  • cultural-enhancement; and
  • programming.

Projects should feature, center, benefit, and/or be led by people marginalized due to their racial, sexual, religious, cultural, and gender identities, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, or any other form of identity-based oppression not listed here.

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Who is eligible to apply for ASAP?

Any UW–Madison student is welcome to apply. Preference is given to proposals led by a Registered Student Organization (RSO). Individual students not associated with an RSO are encouraged to partner with a faculty or staff member, an RSO, and/or a campus or community organization to help support and promote your event.

What will ASAP pay for?

ASAP will provide funding to support you or your student organization. Funding can range from a direct payment to an honorarium, or be used to procure a variety of goods or services to ensure the success of your proposal including but not limited to: venue rental, equipment, food, etc. for a variety of public performances, events, art exhibitions, or film screenings by guest artists or students as long as they follow university guidelines. A budget template (.xslx) will be one of the requirements in the application where you will be able to elaborate further about your project’s costs.

How much will ASAP fund?

An individual applicant is eligible for funding up to $750. Registered Student Organizations, proposals with defined collaborations between two or more students, faculty, staff, and/or community organizations may apply for up to $1,500. Applicants are encouraged to use the budget template (.xlsx) while developing proposals.

No match is required. Campus and community partnerships are encouraged to leverage “in-kind” support whenever possible. The funding may impact your financial aid package, but we will work with you to look at options to reduce that impact.

A total of $9,000 is available in the fall semester and $6,000 is available in the spring semester. The funding is made possible by the generous support of the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 2022-2023 academic year based on available funding. They will be evaluated soon after they are received, and applicants will receive notification of funding within one business week of receipt. Please note the process will take longer during campus breaks, such as the fall recess (November 24-27, 2022), winter break (December 23, 2022-January 23, 2023), and spring recess (March 11-19, 2023). The call for 2023 spring semester applications opens on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

How will ASAP proposals be evaluated?

A twenty-five point scale will be used by our committee to evaluate proposals. Applicants are encouraged to refer to the evaluation guidelines (PDF) while developing proposals. It is recommended to write the major components of your application in a separate document to refer back to later and copy and paste into the application fields.

Receiving Payment

Please note, processing payments at UW can take a long time and the process is quicker once you have completed and submitted any required forms. We are unable to fill out any required forms on your behalf.

At the time you apply for ASAP, your contact info will be submitted to the ShopUW+ system as a supplier. The ShopUW+ system will email you (see screen shot example below) asking that you create a profile:

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Payments to Individual Students

Individual students will usually be paid by scholarship through a refund from the Bursar’s Office.

  • This scholarship may affect your financial aid. We can work with you to reduce the impact to your financial aid by purchasing supplies or paying artist honorariums on your behalf. Purchasing goods and services must follow university policies. If you are concerned about an impact to your financial aid, please contact us to discuss options.
  • Successful applicants will need to provide their campus ID and verify their citizenship.
  • If you currently have any outstanding debt to the Bursar’s Office, your ASAP payment will be applied first to this negative balance. For example if you have $200 due and you were granted $500, your net would be $300.
  • International students (Non-Resident Alien) must have taxes deducted from their scholarships. Consequently, these scholarships need to be processed through payroll and not by the Bursar’s Office.

Payments to Registered Student Organizations (RSO) and/or Campus Partner

Registered Student Organizations will be paid as a vendor by check or direct deposit.

  • RSOs must provide a W-9 including their Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) to be an active vendor.  Learn more about applying for or identifying your EIN atCenter for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI). It is your RSO’s responsibility to provide the forms. We are not able to do that for you.

If you are working with a campus department or unit, we can also use a campus recognized funding string to transfer funds. One of these types of funding structures needs to be in place before the university is able to distribute funding. We are not able to help support you on getting an EIN approved or set up a new campus funding string.  You will also need to complete an invoice.

Recognition Requirements

Applicants who receive approval will be expected to include the ASAP Fund logo on any promotional materials for their project, if applicable. You are encouraged to display Arts on Campus notebooks or Arts for Everyone, Everywhere tote bags, which the Division of the Arts will supply, if applicable.

Reporting Requirements

For successful applicants, a short final report (.docx) will be required to complete and send in within 30 days of completion of your ASAP-funded project.

Contact asap@arts.wisc.edu with questions.