CCC Grants and Awards

Tips for a Successful Grant Application

Submit Early! 

  • The 11:59 PM ET deadline is strict so please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. 

Communicate effectively 

  • Make sure to communicate how your proposal is a community-engaged art and/or design project that emerges from a compelling community-identified need. 

Check for Consistency

  • Make sure your budget line items make sense to the review committee and that there is a clear need based on your Project Info section in your grant application.
  • For example, if you intend for the grant to pay for four workshop facilitators, your project description should mention those workshops and how they serve your larger goals. 

Be detailed

  • We want to learn about your project! Remember, the review committee may not know you or your project partner - give us some background and be specific about what you plan to do with the funding.

Have someone else review your draft 

  • Have a peer read your draft for feedback on clarity and simple grammatical errors.
  • Students can visit MICA’s Writing Studio for assistance with your proposal.
  • Contact the Center for Creative Citizenship at if you have questions regarding proposal guidelines or the suitability of your proposed project. 

Consider your equipment purchases

  • CCC does approve equipment expenses, particularly if the community partner has identified an ongoing need and has agreed to owning the equipment after the grant project is completed. CCC encourages you to assess with your community partner if there is long-term need for equipment, or if a short-term rental through MICA resources is sufficient.
  • As a reminder, as a MICA community member, you are eligible to borrow equipment from AV Services and/or Grad Lab.