CCC Grants and Awards

Curriculum Enhancement Grant

The Center for Creative Citizenship (CCC) is committed to partnering with faculty to innovate within the curriculum while contributing to the greater knowledge and understanding of the Baltimore community.

The Curriculum Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,500 in discretionary funding to enrich hands-on learning and is intended for opportunities inside credit-bearing courses that provide students with real-world experiences that they would otherwise miss within the confines of the classroom.

Enhanced curriculum should be directly related to a community-engaged or hands-on project, preferably with a designated community partner in Baltimore City. This experience can include field work, engagement, and collaborative projects with a community group, organization, or institution. Some examples of how the funding can be used includes project supplies, honorariums for community members and visiting artists, and transportation (MICA bus or van).

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AY23 Application Deadline

Priority deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2022   |   11:59PM EST

After the priority deadline applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the next review date in September 2022. 


Please Note: If awarded a Curriculum Enhancement Grant, you must complete a report and send images from the project at the end of the semester.  

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Who is eligible for a Curriculum Enhancement Grant?

All current faculty teaching a credit-bearing course at MICA can apply.

What types of projects qualify?

Curricular projects should be designed and implemented in partnership with a Baltimore community group, organization, or institution serving specific neighborhoods. If you are unsure whether your curriculum enhancement request meets the criteria for this grant, please consider the following questions:

  • Is this enhancement integral to a curricular project?
  • Is that curricular project community-engaged? The CCC defines community-engaged projects as projects that work directly with or in a community and responds to a compelling community opportunity or need. MICA acknowledges that “community” can be defined in many ways. Within the context of community partnerships and community engagement, MICA typically uses “community” to signify Baltimore neighborhoods and residents beyond our campus.
  • Is the experience that the enhancement provides unattainable within the confines of the classroom?

Furthermore, projects should fulfill at least three of the following Creative Citizenship student learning outcomes:

  • Responsibility of Art & Design: To understand the role and responsibility of art and design to help envision and create a more just and sustainable world and to contribute to improving the quality of life in society.
  • Valuing Context & Community: To develop awareness of, respect for, and connection to our city, our neighbors and immediate surrounding community through direct action embedded in/with community – therefore better understanding the rich history of Baltimore and important current events.
  • World View: To understand and practice the interconnectedness of local and global issues and the structural and systemic nature of complex cultural, educational, economic, environmental and social problems, and our role as global citizens.
  • Commitment to Diversity: To develop awareness, curiosity, empathy, open-mindedness and respect for different people and cultures, divergent opinions and interests, and a commitment to equity and social justice through direct action embedded in/with community
  • Ethics & Values: To develop and apply through direct action embedded in/with community an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility and a capacity to evaluate and respond to social, ethical and environmental  consequences and impacts of personal and creative practices. 
  • Connecting Practice & Purpose: To understand the unique value of creative practices to community and the public interest and to integrate individual practice and academic work through direct action embedded in/with community
  • Collaboration: To develop team skills in consensus building, listening, negotiation and conflict resolution to work directly, respectfully & effectively with diverse communities to achieve collective goals, mutual benefit & shared value. 

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. Grantees may apply for funding to compensate guest speakers participating in projects.

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

Applicants are notified approximately 2 weeks after the application due date as to their status.

How do I gain access to my funds? 

The Accessing Your Grant Funds document includes an overview of the options. CCC can work with you and/or your department's administrative support to issue funds to your department, or directly to the community partner(s). 

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 or academic department. All grant recipients will need to present valid receipt documentation in order to receive reimbursement. Contact CCC for the proper coding for the verification of procurement card transactions made by your department.

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/CCC cannot reimburse you if you pay these individuals yourself.

Can I apply for a Curriculum Enhancement 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 award.

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

All applications are reviewed by a committee that may be 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 up to 5 photos and any additional documentation. Your course evaluation will include additional questions related to your community engagement project and evaluation results will be made available to the CCC. More information about reporting on your project can be found here.