CCC Grants and Awards

Community Engagement Grant

The Center for Creative Citizenship Community Engagement grant funds community-engaged art and/or design projects that emerge from a compelling community-identified need. Projects where community-based organizations and MICA affiliates work together are strongly preferred.

All students, staff, and Community Art Collaborative members are eligible to apply for up to $1,500 in funding for expenses such as materials, supplies, entrance fees, and transportation that are integral to the development, implementation or evaluation of qualifying projects. Grantees can also use the funding to compensate commissioned artists or guest speakers participating in projects. These funds may not be used to fund applicants’ personal stipends.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Money will not be awarded upfront, unless the funds are issued directly to the community partner. Expenses are reimbursed by the Center for Creative Citizenship following the purchase of project materials by the grant recipient. Please save your receipts for reimbursement. Any substantial changes to budget or project needs MUST be approved by CCC staff before purchases are made. 
  2. If the funds will be used to pay artists, guest speakers, or other people for services, you must contact CCC prior to paying these individuals. CCC staff will work with you to ensure all the required paperwork is processed and will issue payments directly to the individual(s).

Application Deadline

TBA

Application Materials

  • Community Engagement Grant Application [Online Application]
  • Budget Form [Blank Budget Template] [Sample Budget]
  • Statement of Support from community-based organization
  • Paragraph of Support from project mentor (students and CAC members only)
  • Supporting Documentation (Optional)

Please Note: If awarded a Community Engagement Grant, you must complete a final report and send images from the project by the close of the grant cycle, May 7, 20201. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at grants@mica.edu.

Grant Timeline

  • Grant Award Notification: December 23th, 2020
  • Grant Recipient info sessions: January 2021
  • Grants Reports + final reimbursements  request due: May 7, 2021, 11:59 PM

FAQs

Who is eligible for a Community Engagement Grant?

Any current MICA student, staff or Community Art Collaborative member may apply for a Community Engagement Grant.

Applicants must be able to financially support the submitted proposal until funds are reimbursed by the Center for Creative Citizenship.  Money will not be awarded upfront unless the funds will be issued directly to the community partner or used for artist stipends. 

A single grant proposal from two or more individuals is acceptable.  However, the $1,500.00 award cap per project still applies. Grants may be used either to launch a new project or program or to strengthen/expand an existing project or program.

What types of projects qualify?

  • Projects should encourage collaboration between MICA and the outside community to meet a particular community need or to pursue a desired outcome.
  • Grants may be used either to launch a new project or program or to strengthen/expand an existing project or program.
  • Statement of Support from partnering organizations that confirm both the need for the project and the partnering organization's interest in collaborating with the applicant are not required but highly recommended and will be strongly considered in the grant review process.
  • Previous projects have ranged from after-school activities with children to community-based public art projects and social design initiatives.

How much funding can I request? What can I use my funding for?

Applicants may apply for up to $1,500 for such expenses as materials, supplies, entrance fees, and transportation that are integral to the development, implementation or evaluation of qualifying projects. Applicants may apply for funding to compensate guest artists and/or speakers participating in projects. These funds may not be used to fund applicants’ personal stipends. Cash or cash equivalents (gift cards, Paypal, Venmo, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. Note that grants may not be funded at the full amount requested based on the discretion of the grant reviewer committee.

Do I need to receive an NIH Research Ethics Training Certificate?

Please note that this requirement is suspended for the Fall 2020 grant application. The Center for Creative Citizenship is working on new trainings and requirements for future grant cycles. 

How long does it take before I know if I've been awarded a grant? What will I need to do?

Applicants will be notified on or before December 23, 2020, if their grant has been awarded and how much funding was approved. 

How do I gain access to my funds?

Detailed instructions for accessing funds will be provided once grants are awarded.

Funding will not be awarded upfront, unless the funds are issued directly to the community partner. Expenses will be reimbursed by the Center for Creative Citizenship following the purchase of project materials by the grant recipient. All grant recipients will need to present valid receipt documentation in order to receive reimbursement. Any substantial changes to budget or project needs MUST be approved by CCC staff before purchases are made. 

If the funds will be used to pay artists, guest speakers, or other people for services, you must contact CCC prior to paying these individuals. CCC staff will work with you to ensure all the required paperwork is processed and will issue payments directly to the individual(s).

Can I apply for a Community Engagement Grant if I've been awarded one already?

Yes, you can. However, to be eligible for a new award you must have fulfilled all the requirements of your previous grant's acceptance letter.

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

All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of one or more of the following: MICA faculty, MICA staff, and/or community members. Input from the committee determines whether or not the project is funded and at what amount.

Not all projects are fully 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 range are advised to clearly articulate the need for line items either in a budget notes or in the project description.

What follow-up is required once I have completed my project or spent all of my funds?

All grant recipients must submit a project report including photos and any additional documentation. More information about reporting on your project can be found here.