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Community Engagement Grants (OCE)

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is dedicated to supporting the development of curricular and extracurricular art- and design-based projects that enrich the learning environment for MICA students, faculty, staff, and Community Art Collaborative members and that benefit the broader community.

Eligible applicants (see below) may apply for grant support to cover such expenses as materials, supplies, entrance fees, and transportation that are integral to the development, implementation or evaluation of qualifying projects. Salaries, stipends, and artists' fees are currently ineligible for support.

Who is eligible to apply for a Community Engagement Grant?

Any MICA student, faculty member, staff member, or Community Art Collaborative member may apply. Student grants must have the support of a supervising faculty or staff member. ALL applicants are required to be sponsored by a MICA department and notify the administrative assistant in that department of your applying for this grant.

What types of projects qualify for a Community Engagement Grant?

The OCE is able to support projects that:

  1. Occur off-campus or in partnership with one or more non-MICA organizations or constituencies.
  2. Respond to a community-identified issue, opportunity or need.
  3. Seek to create tangible outcomes. Examples include but are not limited to: a transference of skills or knowledge; a beautified public space; a collection or oral histories; a newly-launched arts program; etc.
  4. Are designed and implemented in collaboration with at least one community partner or seek to foster new relationships with one or more potential community partners.
  5. Exhibit a strong degree of community support as indicated by letters of recommendation from partnering organizations, and/or successful past collaboration between this applicant and the organizations or constituencies involved.

Letters of recommendation from partnering organizations that confirm both the need for the project, and the partnering organization's interest in collaborating with the applicant, are highly recommended and will be strongly considered in the grant review process.

FAQ's:

Who will be reviewing my application, and how are funding decisions made?

All grant applications are reviewed by a grant review committee comprised of MICA faculty and staff, using the criteria outlined above. Input from the committee determines whether or not the project is funded and at what amount.

Can I apply for another OCE Grant if I've already been awarded one previously?

Yes, you can. There is no limit to the number of OCE grants that you can apply for. To be eligible for a new grant, however, you must have fully spent and "closed out" your previous OCE grant, including the submission of a final report and any corresponding images to the Office of Community Engagement. (See reporting info, below.)

Why must I be sponsored by a department to apply for a Community Engagement Grant?

All funding is disbursed via reimbursements and purchase orders and will be administered by your sponsoring department's administrative assistant.

How much can I request to fund this project?

The Office of Community Engagement will consider grant requests of up to $2,500. Only exemplary projects with well-constructed budgets are funded at the top of the grant range.

Why did I get less than I asked for? And what can I do differently next time?

Not all grants are fully funded. Many are only partially funded. Partial funding is typically due to one of two factors: a) the inclusion of ineligible expenses in the budget request, or b) lack of evidence of a compelling need for the expenditures. Applicants seeking full funding, at the top of the grant range, are advised to clearly articulate the need for each and every line item, either in a budget narrative or in the project description.

What follow-up is required once I have been issued a Community Engagement Grant?

All grantees are required to submit a brief narrative report within 30 days of the end of grant period, describing outcomes, successes and lessons learned. Images are also encouraged, and may be posted on the OCE website or used in promotional material.

Do you have a report form that I can use?

Yes. Download narrative report here. Narrative Report in PDF format.

What financial documentation must I keep?

All funding is disbursed via reimbursements and purchase orders as administered by your sponsoring department. Grantees are responsible for completing and submitting a MICA Expense Reimbursement Form with all receipts numbered and attached, per MICA Policy. The sponsoring department will work with the grant recipient directly to access their funds in the best manner possible. Requests for reimbursements must be accompanied by valid receipts.

Where can I apply for the grant?

Visit our homepage for the application, list of documents and instructions, and due dates. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Community Engagement, at grants@mica.edu or 410-225-2504.