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 that are located in Baltimore City and are a collaboration between community-based organizations and MICA affiliates are strongly preferred.

Grant Overview

Please review MICA’s Guiding Principles for Community Partnerships as you prepare your application.

All students, staff, and Community Art Collaborative (CAC) 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, guest speakers, designers, facilitators, community members, etc. who are participating in the project. These funds may not be used to fund the applicant’s personal stipend.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Money will not be awarded upfront, unless the funds are issued directly to the community partner. Expenses are reimbursed by the CCC following the purchase of project materials by the grant recipient. Please save your receipts for reimbursement. 
  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).
  3. Any substantial changes to budget or project needs must be approved by CCC staff before purchases are made. 

2022 Grant Timeline

  • Application deadline: Sunday, 2/20/2022, 11:59 PM ET
  • Notifications sent - within 2 weeks
  • Grant Reports due: Wednesday, 5/18/22 11:59 PM ET: Link to Grant Report Form
  • Last day to submit expense reimbursements or other finance requests: Monday, 5/23/22 11:59 PM ET

Application Materials

  1. Community Engagement Grant Application [Online Application]
  2. Budget Form [Blank Budget Template] [Sample Budget]
  3. Paragraph of Support from project mentor (required for students and CAC members)
  4. Statement of Support from community-based organization (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  5. Supporting Documentation (optional)

 If you have any questions, please contact us at engage@mica.edu.

 


FAQs

Who is eligible for a Community Engagement Grant?

Any current MICA student, staff member, 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. Due to MICA’s financial reporting requirements, money will not be awarded upfront, unless the funds will be issued directly to the community partner or hired independent contractor (guests artists, etc.).

A single grant proposal from two or more individuals is acceptable. However, the $1,500 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-identified need.
  • Grants may be used either to launch a new project or program or to strengthen/expand an existing project or program.
  • Previous projects have ranged from after-school activities with children to community-based public art projects and social design initiatives.
  • 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 strongly preferred.

How much funding can I request? 

Applicants may apply for up to $1,500. Not all projects are fully funded. Partial funding is typically due to one of two factors: 1) the inclusion of ineligible expenses in the budget request, or 2) 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 can I use my funding for?

Grant funds may be used for expenses including materials, supplies, entrance fees, and transportation that are integral to the development, implementation, or evaluation of qualifying projects. 

Applicants may also apply for funding to compensate guest artists and/or speakers participating in projects. These funds may not be used to fund the applicant’s personal stipend. 

NOTE: Due to potential tax liability, you must work with the CCC grants team to coordinate payment for those you hire to support your project. MICA cannot reimburse you for any payments (or gift cards, PayPal, Venmo) that you pay directly out of pocket to other individuals. 

Why can't I include a personal stipend/artist fee for myself as part of my project budget?

This grant funds community-engaged art and/or design projects that emerge from a compelling community-identified need. With this in mind, and given the limited awards available through this grant, CCC’s goal is to ensure as much funding as possible directly impacts the community the project is serving and individuals outside the college. 

What services are eligible expenses / who can I pay?

  • Guest speakers, community members, artists, designers, consultants, facilitators, photographers, etc.
  • MICA Finance has a strict policy for hiring and paying independent contractors (ICs). Please review the CCC grants team's guidance for more information. Review MICA's Independent Contractor Policy here.
  • If you are unsure about whether or not a payee is eligible for this grant, please contact engage@mica.edu.

How long does it take before I know if I've been awarded a grant?

Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the submission deadline 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. 

If this presents a financial burden to your community partner or you as an individual, please contact us at engage@mica.edu to discuss other options.

 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). MICA cannot reimburse you if you pay these individuals yourself.

Why do I have to work with CCC to pay the people I hire?

Due to tax liability and the way MICA’s Finance system is set up, MICA cannot reimburse you for another person’s services. Before you hire the individual(s) for your project, you will need to contact CCC at engage@mica.edu to follow the appropriate processes.

What if my plans change a bit once I’ve been awarded the grant?

CCC understands there may be some shifts in your project from the time of your application to the implementation phase. You do not need to resubmit a budget or project plan for small shifts like change of location/time, different items purchased, etc. 

If you have substantial changes to your budget or project plans (additional stipends, materials, change in scope or significant delay to your timeline), please contact CCC at engage@mica.edu as soon as you become aware of these to discuss next steps.

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.

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

This requirement is suspended for the current grant application cycle. CCC is working on new trainings and requirements for future grant cycles. 

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

All applications are reviewed by a committee composed 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 a minimum of three (3) photos and any other relevant documentation. More information about reporting on your project can be found here.

Does CCC fund projects that have already taken place?

No. CCC grants are meant to fund upcoming projects. If you have questions about your project’s eligibility, please contact engage@mica.edu.