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Student Affairs Community Service Fund (CSF)

The MICA Student Affairs Community Service Fund is dedicated to providing resources up to $750 for students engaged in service, volunteerism, community art, and service learning opportunities in the greater Baltimore Region. The fund is available for co-curricular, student-driven initiatives and may not fund projects that are for classroom credit or a required practicum.

Students are encouraged to apply for grant funds for a wide range of activities that benefit the community and the student experience. These projects should engage MICA students and community members collaboratively, while they support a particular need or purpose in the community. Previous projects have ranged from after-school activities with children to community based art projects. Additionally, this grant is intended as a one-time resource for singular projects or as seed funding for larger or recurring projects. All grants require supervision by either a faculty or staff advisor.

Who is eligible to apply for a Community Service Fund grant?

Any MICA undergraduate or graduate student may apply. All applicants are required to be supervised by either a MICA faculty or staff advisor.

What is the role of the faculty or staff advisor?

The project advisor is your chief resources for planning and implementation, as well as your best resource should unexpected difficulties arise.

What types of projects qualify for a Community Service Fund grant?

Projects should engage MICA students and community members collaboratively, while they support a particular need or purpose in the community. Previous projects have ranged from after-school activities with children to community based art projects. Additionally, this grant is intended as a one-time resource for singular projects or as seed funding for larger or recurring projects

How much can I request to fund this project?

The Office of Student Affairs will consider grant requests up to $750.

What follow-up is required once I have been issued a Community Service Fund grant?

The Office of Student Affairs will work with you directly through the course of your grant on accessing your funds. Upon completion of the grant the project coordinator must submit a narrative summary of the project to Student Affairs, which should include photos and other appropriate documentation. Additionally, once completed each grant recipient will be asked to give a brief final presentation on the successes and lessons learned through the project.

What financial documentation must I keep?

Generally funding is distributed through reimbursements, although in certain situations other options are available. The Office of Student Affairs 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 email grants@mica.edu.