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CCA@CCA Faculty Grants Program

Last updated on Jan 27, 2023

Objectives
Faculty Micro Grants, funded via Creative Citizens in Action at CCA (CCA@CCA), are designed to support course efforts tied to civic and democratic engagement by CCA faculty. The goal of this program is to support the implementation of small-scale, immediate, public-facing events, projects, or activations that aim to improve the learning experience of students and provide opportunities for students to practice creative activism. Projects are featured in the Creative Citizens Program Series as well as social media and online platforms. 

Eligibility 
All faculty who are actively teaching at CCA are invited to request funds when applications are open. Faculty who have previously received CCA@CCA grants are eligible to apply again, but priority will be given to new applicants. Faculty are welcome to collaborate on a grant application and share the awarded funds between their classes. 

Use of Funds
Based on an evaluation of past grant cycles, we are focusing funding support on the following 3 budget categories: 

  1. Speaker Fees. Funds can be used to compensate a guest speaker/artist/participant for an event, class visit, workshop, project, etc. Please note that your budget must include any additional costs associated with taxes, wiring fees, etc. Speaker fees must be $100 or higher. 
  2. Printing. CCA Exhibitions can arrange for printing via a CCA approved vendor or a limited number of online vendors such as blurb.com. 
  3. Materials. Purchases from amazon.com, ARCH, Blick, or another CCA approved vendor. Materials may be shipped directly to faculty, but may not be shipped directly to students. Past materials purchases have included paper, printed t-shirts, and art-making supplies.

Please note that students are not eligible to receive direct payments or shipped materials. Purchases must be processed by CCA Exhibitions, we cannot reimburse expenditures. If you have specific funding questions, or would like to explore funding in a different category, please contact exhibitions@cca.edu and we will work to support you. 

Application
Applicants are asked to address the following components via brief responses in the Submittable application. We recognize that it is a busy time of year and expect that projects will evolve, so we aren't expecting complete details at this time. Just share your idea and enough information to give us a sense of the proposed project.

  1. Project Proposal – Describe your idea for a public-facing project, event, or activation and how you anticipate this project will improve the student learning experience within your course. (Up to 300 words)
  2. Public Outcome – What is the public-facing outcome of your project? i.e. website, artist talk, student-led roundtable event, printed publication, workshop, etc. Who would participate? 
  3. Connection to CCA@CCA theme of Belonging – How does your proposed project connect to the Creative Citizens in Action initiative, and more specifically, the theme of Fluid Mutualism?  (Up to 200 words)
  4. Budget – Please craft and upload a complete and detailed $500 budget including expense categories, and short explanation. All expenses must follow college guidelines.

Outcomes
The goal of this program is to support the implementation of small-scale, immediate, public-facing events, projects, or activations that aim to improve the learning experience of students and provide opportunities for students to practice creative activism. A list of past awardees is available here. And we invite you to explore archived events from Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021, and Fall 2020. In addition, grant funds have supported a number of book, zine, and printing projects. Grant funds are not available for private class visits or programs that do not have a public outcome. Projects will be featured in the Creative Citizens Program Series as well as social media and online platforms, as appropriate. Past project examples include lectures and town hall events, student-led roundtables, exhibitions, zines and books, workshops, exhibitions, and performance. 

If you would like a preliminary reading of your application or assistance in developing your proposal, contact exhibitions@cca.edu to schedule an appointment.


About

Creative Citizens in Action at CCA (CCA@CCA) is a college-wide initiative that promotes creative activism and democratic engagement through public programs, exhibitions, and curriculum connections. This grant opportunity is funded by an endowment gift to support The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism that spans the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing. A list of past awardees is available here.