A computational model is presented to analyze intergranular creep crack growth in a polycrystalline aggregate in a discrete manner and based directly on the underlying physical micromechanisms. A crack tip process zone is used in which grains and their grain boundaries are represented discretely, while the surrounding undamaged material is described as a continuum. The constitutive description of the grain boundaries accounts for the relevant physical mechanisms, i.e. viscous grain boundary sliding, the nucleation and growth of grain boundary cavities, and microcracking by the coalescence of cavities. Discrete propagation of the main crack occurs by linking up of neighbouring facet microcracks. Assuming small-scale damage conditions, the model is used to simulate the initial stages of crack growth under C* controlled, model I loading conditions. Initially sharp or blunted cracks are considered. The emphasis in this study is on the effect of the grain microstructure on crack growth.