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CCA@CCA Faculty Micro Grants Program

Last updated on Aug 04, 2021


DEADLINE: August 9, 2021

AWARDED BY: August 16, 2021


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 2021, we are looking for projects that connect to the 2021-2022 CCA@CCA theme, Fluid Mutualism. This theme was selected by 2021-2022 CCA@CCA Faculty Coordinator Vreni Michelini-Castillo to investigate intergenerational symbiotic relationships, networks and strategies expanding within different communities, species, disciplines and territories. Inspired by the ancestral practices and philosophies of harmony by many Indigenous people from around the world, Fluid Mutualism will center Indigenous knowledge and technology. The Program Series will focus on four elements: land, assembly, tequio (communal responsibility), and joy.

Outcomes produced in fall 2021 have a special opportunity to be featured in a college-wide gathering in February 2022. This could be through art or design work displayed in the Nave, performance, event facilitation, and/or workshop possibilities. We are specifically looking for projects that directly engage students in connection to the theme, encourage creative activism, 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 fall 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). Projects are expected to be completed within the fall 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 have specific funding questions, please contact


Applicants are asked to address the following five components:

  1. Project Proposal – Describe your proposed public-facing project, event, or activation and how you anticipate this project will improve the student learning experience with civic & democratic engagement 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 and 2021-2022 Theme – 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.

If you would like a preliminary reading of your application or assistance in developing your proposal, contact 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. Fall 2020 events are listed here; spring 2021 events are listed here. More information about the outcomes of past Faculty Micro Grants can be found in the CCA@CCA Archive. The Faculty Micro Grants Program is a pilot program designed to help fill funding gaps in 2020-2021; we cannot guarantee it will be an annual or permanent opportunity. See list of past awardees here.

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.