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Grant 2018: Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration BYU

DUE DATE: September 27, 2018


The Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts provides project funding to College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC) faculty and students who:
• Foster opportunities for faculty and students to develop as creative collaborators and excel in collaborative arts and communications environments.
• Promote mentoring relationships in which students have the opportunity to grow as creative leaders, problem solvers, and collaborative innovators in arts and communications contexts.
• Nurture creative relationships on campus across disciplinary boundaries.

1. Who may participate in projects? Successful proposals will require primary involvement of CFAC faculty and students. Other non-CFAC BYU personnel, and people from other professional or artistic entities, may be included if they work directly with CFAC faculty/students.
2. Who may submit proposals? Proposals for the project funding must be submitted by CFAC faculty or students.
a. Faculty must discuss their proposals with their department chair/school director prior to submitting their online application.
b. Student proposals must include at least one faculty mentor letter of support stating how the faculty mentor intends to support the project. Students must also discuss their proposals with their department chair/school director prior to submitting their online application.
c. Following the application submission deadline and before funding decisions are made, chairs/directors will provide input to the Laycock Funding Committee.
3. What clearances are required? If applicable, before the project is funded, applicants must be apprised of university guidelines for creative control of works produced with campus resources, and must seek appropriate clearance through the Office of Research & Creative Activities (ORCA) Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB), ( and the BYU Creative Works Office (
4. How are projects evaluated? Successful proposals will incorporate and explain the following criteria:
a. Environment for Creativity and Innovation – Does the project foster a creative environment in which participants explore, apply, and share learning within and across disciplinary boundaries?
b. Pathways to Collaboration – Does the project invite participants to develop innovative creative work together?
c. Meaningful Role – Does the project expand creative processes and experiences where authentic collaboration is as valued as the final outcome?
d. Mentor and Inspire Students – Does the project description place students at the center of the creative process with elevated roles of responsibility? Does the project have potential to engage creative leaders, problem solvers, and collaborative innovators through deeper interaction and sustained involvement?
e. Create Meaningful Impact – Does the project create meaningful impact in one or more of the Aims of a BYU Education (
f. Interchanges with Public – How is the project going to be made public?

1. Concept Development—up to $1,000 To explore, prototype, and develop possible creative ideas.
2. Faculty Fellows—up to $10,000 To support faculty-led projects with collaborators. Faculty may seek a possible course reduction through their chair/director.
3. Mentored Collaborations—up to $30,000 To provide students with deeper interaction with faculty, sustained involvement over time, and elevated leadership roles. Faculty and students serve as co-authors, co-creators, co-leaders of faculty-led, cross-disciplinary projects. Mentored collaborations may be credit-bearing projects, which are supported and approved by the faculty’s chair/director.

1. Funds must be used OR assigned within the calendar year they are received. However, if assigned to a department project account, the funds will carry over to the next financial year.
2. Student funding accounts can be set up in the student mentor’s department/school.
3. Faculty projects can receive funding from multiple sources (i.e. Film and Digital Media funding, MEG and ORCA grants, Professional Development, Research & Creative Activities, etc.).
4. Funds can be used for expendables/supplies, travel (where appropriate and within reason) and other equitably determined expenses.
5. Funds received cannot be used to pay wages of primary faculty or student applicants (project leaders).
6. All equipment or software purchases must be below $5k per item and will be the property of BYU.

1. Credits When the project is made public, the applicant is responsible to ensure that the Laycock Center funding support is acknowledged in all publicity materials, programs, credits, handouts, media, and any other materials associated with the project, as follows: This project was funded by (or in part by) The Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts College of Fine Arts and Communications Brigham Young University
2. Funding Reports
a. A final funding report must be submitted by the primary faculty or student applicant (project leader) when the project is completed.
i. At the conclusion of the project, all participants are required to submit a report to their project leader regarding their experience.
ii. The project leader is responsible to prepare written, visual, and/or aural documentation of the project that can be presented to the donors, BYU leadership, and online.
b. Final reports are submitted online. To submit final reports online, click here.
c. If it is a multi-year project, a progress report should be submitted annually to Amy Jensen at by the anniversary date of when the award was given.

To apply for this grant, click here.


Scholarship 2018: Film and Digital Media Funding

DUE DATE: September 27, 2018


Under the direction of the College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC), the Film and Digital Media Fund (FMDF) is a means by which students and faculty receive financial support to explore the application of cinematic (moving image) language, forms, structures and techniques to their respective disciplines. There are two sources of funding: (a) at the beginning of each calendar year, $10,000 is awarded to each CFAC department chair to be used at their discretion in alignment with the fund’s purpose and guidelines, and (b) twice each year, $90,000 will be awarded through an application process (see below).


The fund supports both development and production phases that stimulate thinking, experimentation and exploration. Successful proposals will:

• Propose relevant and compelling visually driven ideas and stories that are shaped and enhanced through the application of existing or emerging cinematic (moving image) language, forms, theory, techniques and tools.
• Facilitate mentored learning experiences that engage students with faculty and/or professional mentors. Preference will be given to those projects that provide significant and meaningful experiences driven by creative experimentation and execution.
• Facilitate interdisciplinary and/or intra-departmental collaboration at the conceptual, production, and/or exhibition stages.
• Demonstrate and assess project and student learning excellence by sharing (exhibiting) the completed work within and without the college.


Proposals may be submitted by CFAC students, faculty or departments. Participants of the projects may include students, faculty and other professionals who are committed to engaging ideas with cinematic (moving image) forms and expression.


The FDMF accepts a clearly written proposal twice a year during winter and fall semesters. Each department has a FDMF representative who can assist applicants in navigating the application process. Application deadlines are found on the CFAC website, under the heading, Resources, with a subheading for faculty or students. The two types of proposals accepted are (choose one of the following options):

A) Development Proposal phase provides resources to assist applicants in initiating, conceptualizing and formalizing a project. Depending on the sophistication or complexity of the idea or an applicant’s experience, the development process may require multiple reviews by the FDMF committee’s department representative to strengthen the idea and/or approach.
B) A Production Proposal phase provides funding. Depending on the size and scope of the project, the FDMF may not be able to fund the complete project.


Funds must be used or assigned within the financial year. If not assigned to a legitimate and justifiable fund-23 (restricted-satisfied) project account, the funds will not carry over to the next financial year. Student projects will be funded through an account in their faculty mentor’s department.

• Funds can be used as matching funds (i.e. with the FDMF department allocation, MEG and ORCA grants, Laycock, etc.)
• Funds can be used for expendables/supplies, travel, wages (where appropriate and within reason) and other equitably determined expenses.
• Funds cannot be used to pay students.
• Funds cannot be used for purchasing equipment or software.


All projects receiving funds fall under the BYU Intellectual Properties Policy, which stipulates that projects developed with substantial use of university resources are the property of BYU. Where internal and/or external funding and other resources are of significance, the BYU Creative Works Office will arbitrate copyright and ownership issues. The principal applicant should contact the BYU Creative Works Office at 3760 HBLL (801-422-5297).


A final funding report must be submitted by the primary faculty or student applicant (project leader) when the project is completed. Final reports are submitted online. To submit final report, click here.

To apply for this scholarship, click here.

Grant 2018: Oscarson Discovery Grant

DUE DATE: September 6, 2018


– One page resume
– Detailed budget information
– One letter of recommendation from full time faculty member
– Venue/Personal commitment email/letter


The R. Don and Shirley Oscarson Discovery Grant program assists exceptional students in becoming emerging professionals in their fields. These grants are designed to help undergraduate students: 1) expose their work to the professional world through participation in competitions, high-profile performances, exhibits, festivals, internships, professional auditions, etc., and/or 2) develop the entrepreneurial skills and make professional connections necessary to launch their professional careers in the arts and communications disciplines.


A limited number of grants will be awarded three times each year. Preference is given to undergraduate students who are in their final year of school before graduation. Projects for these grants are usually externally focused. Typically, support is not given in conjunction with course assignments, capstone projects, BFA final shows, master’s projects/theses research, graduate school auditions, study abroad, etc. If students will be using the grant to participate in an internship, exhibit, festival, or similar program, acceptance into that program must be secured prior to applying for an Oscarson Discovery Grant. Additionally, the program must be completed before the student’s graduation. All individuals receiving an Oscarson Discovery Grant must submit a written report upon completion of the funded project. The report should explain in detail the expenditures of the funds and the outcomes of the project. Questions? Email or call (801) 422-8271.

To apply for this grant, click here.

Fellowship Opportunity: L. Tom Perry Special Collections 2018

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of two undergraduate fellowships for Fall semester 2018. Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a teaching faculty mentor and a Special Collections curator on a project utilizing materials held in Special Collections. To see what projects are available and for information on applying for the fellowship, please go to our website whic you can access here. You can also contact Gordon Daines at or (801) 422-5821 with any questions. The application deadline is June 15, 2018.

Fellowship Opportunity

The Outstanding Student Award

Outstanding Student Award-08 (1)
This award is presented at the end of each school year to graduating students that are nominated by faculty and peers in their area of study. Finalists are then expected to create a short presentation about their contributions to the department. After these presentations, the faculty will select one student to be an Outstanding Student recipient for each award. Submissions will be accepted until March 2. For more information, click here.

Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Contest 2018

Several years before his death in 1973, Wayne E. Mayhew of Berkeley, California, established a trust fund to provide annual awards in creative writing and fine arts at Brigham Young University in honor of his wife, Vera Hinckley Mayhew, a former BYU student. The first contest, in short story writing, began in 1963–1964 and has continued annually since then. A second contest, in poetry writing, began in 1974–1975. In 1978–1979, four additional contests were started. Since that time, two additional contests were added, making eight annual contests. Submissions are due Tuesday, February 6! For more information about general rules and specific regulations for each contest, click here.

Mary Lou Fulton Scholarship 2018

The Mary Lou Fulton Scholarship is now accepting admissions! Mary Lou Fulton provides support in the following areas: individual scholarly and creative projects, group scholarships and projects, department initiatives, and program area support. It provides this support through a variety of scholarships, internships, dramaturgy and much more. Submissions due on Friday, February 9! For more information, including application forms for both students and faculty, click here.