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Community Engagement Grant Details

The Office of Community Engagement and Office of Student Affairs are both committed to providing opportunities for MICA students that enrich learning and contribute to the greater good of the community. Jointly, these two offices offer grant funding for students seeking support for community-engaged projects and activities. While technically separate grants, these opportunities share the same application and deadline. Applying for the MICA Student Grant allows your project to be reviewed by each office. Projects may be awarded by a single office or multiple offices based on each office's particular eligibility requirements and available funds. Qualifications, amounts, and further information can be found below. Email any questions to

Office of Community Engagement

Community Engagement Grant Funds (maximum award amount: $1500)

The OCE is able to support both curricular and extracurricular projects that:

  • Are designed and implemented in collaboration with at least one community partner or seek to foster new relationships with one or more potential partners.
  • Respond to a community-identified issue, opportunity or need.
  • Engage MICA students in project design and implementation.
  • 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.
  • 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 or history of collaborating with the applicant, are highly recommended and will be considered in the grant review process.

Office Of Student Affairs

Community Service Funds (maximum award amount: $750)

The Student Affairs Community Service Fund is dedicated to providing funding 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 funds for projects that engage MICA students and community members collaboratively, while supporting a particular need or purpose in the community. This grant is primarily intended as a one-time resource for singular projects or as seed funding for larger projects.