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CCA@CCA Faculty Micro Grants Program

Connect Your Curriculum to CCA@CCA and the Exhibitions Program

Are you interested in learning how the Exhibitions Department can support your curriculum via micro-grants, events, or online exhibition support? During this time of remote learning, the Exhibitions Department is looking to create deeper connections between CCA’s exhibitions program and course curriculum. During a Teaching Lab event on January 27, 2021, we discussed the CCA@CCA Faculty Micro Grant program and online exhibition support we can offer during remote learning. Watch a recording of the event on Panopto (CCA log-in required), or YouTube.


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 offer critical resources for civic involvement. Projects are featured in the Creative Citizens Program Series as well as social media and online platforms.

In fall 2020, we were looking specifically for projects that connected to the U.S. Presidential election cycle. In spring 2021, we expanded our criteria looking for projects that encourage creative activism, foster democratic engagement, spark civic dialogue, put students in contact with working artists and practitioners doing activist work, and/or support CCA’s work related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.


All faculty who are actively teaching at CCA are invited to request funds. Faculty who received grants in past semesters are eligible to apply again, but priority will be given to new applicants.


Funds vary by semester. In spring 2021, we have up to $5000 of grant funding available and plan to award up to 10 grants of $500 each. Funds can be used for Speaker Fees, printing, or materials purchases that are part of your course-related public-facing project (see details below). Grant applications were due by February 1, 2021. Notification will take place the week of February 1-5, 2021. Projects are expected to be completed within the spring 2021 semester.

Use of Funds

Based on an evaluation of the past micro grant cycle, we are simplifying the process by 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
  3. Materials. Purchases from, ARCH, Blick, or another CCA approved vendor. Materials may be shipped directly to faculty, but may not be shipped directly to students.

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 feel you need to request funding outside of these categories, please reach out directly to Jaime Austin at


Applicants are asked to address the following five components:

  1. Project Proposal – Describe your plan and how you anticipate this project will improve the student learning experience with democratic engagement. (Up to 250 words)
  2. Connection to CCA@CCA – Provide an explanation of how you feel your proposal connects to CCA@CCA and cultivates creative action. (Up to 250 words)
    1. What is the public-facing outcome of your project? I.e. website, artist talk, printed publication, workshop, etc.
    2. Who would participate?
  3. Inclusive Design – Provide detail on how the proposed project will advance the tenets of creating and sustaining an inclusive learning environment. (Up to 100 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.

If you would like a preliminary reading of your application or assistance in developing your proposal, contact Jaime Austin at to schedule an appointment.


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. An example of Fall 2020 events is listed here. The Faculty Micro Grants Program is a pilot program designed to help fill funding gaps in the 2020-2021 academic year, we cannot guarantee it will be an annual or permanent opportunity. See list of past awardees here.