Maine College of Art & Design
The Above and Beyond Grant at MECA&D helps currently enrolled BFA, MFA, and MAT students access structured learning opportunities and experiences that take them above and beyond MECA’s classrooms and facilities. By applying to this grant, students will learn basic skills in grant writing, budgeting, and formatting work samples while assembling proposals to fund activities such as conferences, workshops, or professional events. This grant does not support self-directed research or learning. All applicants will receive feedback on their applications.

Applicants for this grant cycle MUST have attended the grant workshop in advance.


For BFA applicants: students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent semester. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must be enrolled for the upcoming semester to qualify.

 Funds cannot be used for:

 + equipment

 + projects that are part of the curriculum

 + activities that earn academic credit

 + resources that are available at or through MECA.

 + day-to-day creative practice expenses (rent, materials, marketing, etc.)  

Requests are capped at $500. Each grant cycle has $2,500 available. Students may only receive this grant once.

Review Criteria:

Quality of proposal materials

Quality of artwork

Clear goals for how this relates to artists' professional development


Deadline: October 17, 2022

Grant Recipients:

 + All funds are contingent on prior pre-registration or anticipated graduation. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must be enrolled for the upcoming semester to qualify.

 + All grant recipients are required to provide a summary report within one month of completing the funded activity.

General Questions:

This form is only for use by students who applied for and received money supporting professional development from the Maine College of Art.

Congratulations on receiving a grant from the Maine College of Art to support your professional development and future creative and career growth!

This report form helps us keep track of what you did with your grant money, what you learned, and whether your experience is something we should encourage other students to pursue.

Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D)