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Catalyst Grants



The Catalyst Grants exist to stimulate innovation in three areas vital to the future of the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts:

  • Curricular Innovation and Development
  • Creative Placemaking and Community Engagement
  • Audience Education and Development

With a focus on these three areas, Catalyst Grants serve to advance the mission of the Belcher College:

To inspire, educate, and train our next generation of artists, scholars, and teachers in the intellectual foundations and creative processes of the fine and performing arts while fostering excellence and artistic curiosity across western North Carolina and beyond.

A Focus on Innovation

These grants are for innovative and impactful initiatives that change the way we engage our world through the arts. Initiative proposals of any budget up to $10,000 will be considered; please see the Criteria and Guidelines document for full details.

Catalyst Grant Guidelines 

Faculty and Staff grant proposals are due Tuesday, 22 October at 5:00PM. Announcements of funded projects will be made in November, and funded initiatives will be presented at the January 2020 BCFPA Opening Meeting. Please use the link below to submit your proposal through Qualtrics.


Student grant proposals of initiatives up to $5,000 will be reviewed by the BCFPA Leadership Team on a rolling basis. Please use the link below to submit your proposal through Qualtrics.


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