NC State LIVE Mini-Grant Program

Call for Proposals for Interdisciplinary Projects Related to NC State LIVE’s 2019/20 Programming

Rolling Deadlines: September 11, October 2, November 6, January 15, February 5 and March 4


NC State LIVE’s mission is to connect performing artists and audiences in a meaningful exploration of the diverse cultures and issues that define our communities and world. We accomplish our mission through a programming philosophy that embraces diversity and an audience development philosophy that emphasizes engagement, education and collaboration.

We aim to inspire compassionate communities through the transformative power of the arts through the following goals:

  • To feature an inclusive and diverse array of disciplines, cultures, traditions, and perspectives;
  • To connect artists and individuals in an exchange of ideas, academic discourse, and critical thinking;
  • To integrate the arts into the academic and social life of the campus through curricular connections and community-building content.

NC State LIVE Mini-Grant Program

To promote these goals, we have created the NC State LIVE Mini-Grant Program, which provides funding to faculty and staff to develop and implement interdisciplinary programs to enhance student learning and engage with NC State LIVE’s programming. We aim to fund a broad spectrum of faculty and staff across disciplines looking to use the arts to enrich their curricular goals.

Read about 2018/19 NC State LIVE Mini-Grant projects here!

Proposal Requirements

  1. All NC State faculty and staff are eligible to submit proposals.
  2. Awards must be spent, and programs completed by May 1, 2020. A final report (see below) must be submitted to NC State LIVE by May 15, 2020.
  3. Proposal funds must be spent on programs that engage students and are curricularly connected to one or more of the performances hosted by NC State LIVE during the 2019/20 academic year. For information about the current NC State LIVE season of artists, go to
  4. The program must include the expected attendance (with excused absences) of involved students at the related NC State LIVE performance. When possible, NC State LIVE will make every effort to make the associated artist available for engagement with students beyond the performance. 
  5. Allowable expenses (with a maximum of $1000) to include facilities, speakers, artists, and supplies. Excludes food, alcohol and programs only for faculty and staff. 
  6. Once awarded, NC State LIVE staff will set up a brief meeting with recipients and their business office representative to discuss process for payment. Please note, we cannot provide grant funds directly to individuals. Payments will be transferred to University departments or units.

Proposal Content

Proposals must be submitted as a pdf file to NC State LIVE via email to

Proposals must clearly identify the following:

  1. Title
  2. Department / College
  3. Faculty / staff contact name and email address
  4. Key personnel
  5. Associated NC State LIVE performance / artist
  6. Amount Requested (up to $1000)
  7. Narrative description: Describe your proposed program/project, including a summary of content, activities, location and when it will take place. Explain how your project’s content relates to an NC State LIVE performance or artist. Why is this connection relevant for student learning? (limit 1000 words) 
  8. Program goals: Describe your project’s curricular goals and explain how these goals align or intersect with one or more of NC State LIVE’s goals. (limit of 500 words)
  9. Project timeline: Provide a brief timeline of program activities. 
  10. Budget: Include a budget, noting any other funding sources.
  11. Program participants: Describe the target population to be served.
  12. Assessment: How do you plan to collect feedback/reflections from students, faculty and staff about the program’s impact?
  13. Provide a statement allowing NC State LIVE to publicize the awardees’ programs on its website, and promote the programs (if open to all students).

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

A panel of faculty and staff determined by the NC State LIVE team will review, evaluate and submit rankings of the proposals on a monthly basis. The panel will meet to evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the program proposes to integrate content related an NC State LIVE performance;
  2. The program’s expected effectiveness in addressing one or more of NC State LIVE’s goals (see above);
  3. The program’s method of assessment / evaluation;
  4. The appropriateness of the budget for the program.

Proposal Funding & Deadlines

In 2019-2020, the NC State LIVE Mini-Grant program has $5000 in funding to award to campus partners. Applicants may request up to $1000. Submissions will be reviewed on a monthly basis with the following application deadlines:

  • September 11, 2019
  • October 2, 2019
  • November 6, 2019
  • January 15, 2020
  • February 5, 2020
  • March 4, 2020

Awards will be distributed until funds are depleted. It benefits applicants to apply as soon as they are able.

Award Administration

Awardees are expected to complete a final report to be submitted to NC State LIVE no later than May 15, 2020. Final reports should be submitted to NC State LIVE via email to

Final Report Requirements

The final report should include the following:

  1. Program description: Describe the program and how it met your expectations. 
  2. Program objectives: How did the program meet its stated curricular goals? How did it serve the goals of NC State LIVE? 
  3. Program assessment: What impact did the program have on your students? How was impact measured and how effective was the program?
  4. Program Participants: How many students were impacted by the program? If possible, provide a list of students with their majors, year, and email addresses. 
  5. Program Budget: Provide a final accounting of budgeted versus actual funds spent.
  6. In order for us to maintain funding for this program it helps to collect anecdotal feedback from participants on the benefit and impact of the program. Please provide quotes from yourself, students, and other participants on the impact of the project.

Contact for Questions

For more information, contact Liza Green, Associate Director of NC State LIVE, at or 919.513.7155. Go to to find information about the current NC State LIVE season of artists.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted as a pdf file to NC State LIVE via email to
Submissions will be reviewed on a monthly basis until funds are depleted. 

Rolling Deadlines: September 11, October 2, November 6, January 15, February 5 and March 4