The Catalyst Grants exist to stimulate innovation in several critical areas vital to the future of the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts (BCFPA):
With a focus on these areas as well as other key initiatives tied to the 2023-2025 BCFPA Strategic Plan, Catalyst Grants are in alignment with WCU's Strategic Plan: Honoring Our Promise (updated in 2021), and 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.
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.
Faculty and Staff grant proposals are due Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM. Recipients will be notified as soon as the review process is completed and awards will be publicly announced at the State of the College Address. Please use the link below to submit your proposal through Qualtrics.
Student grant proposals will be reviewed by the BCFPA Leadership Team on a rolling basis. Student grants require a faculty/staff sponsor. Please use the link below to submit your proposal through Qualtrics.