Thank you for your applications to Round Three of the Catalyst Initiative. 

Award teams will be notified by OCTOBER 16, 2017.


The Catalyst Initiative supports place-based project teams comprised of an individual artist and a civic (community, non-profit, or municipal) partner to conceive and execute a small-scale local arts-based project created in response to an expressed need by the partner.

CPCP is committed to access, equity, diversity and inclusion. We especially encourage artists of color and artists who are part of and/or work with communities who have been historically underrepresented in traditional funding streams and arts ecosystems to apply.

CPCP offers the cohort of artists and civic partners conceptual and process support throughout planning, implementation and evaluation of their projects. CPCP makes site-visits, convenes the cohort and supports documentation.  Artist and civic partner teams receive capacity-building in —

  1. Solid partnership processes and cross-sector translation tools
  2. Co-design strategies that clearly demonstrate the value of cross-sector collaboration through the resulting community endeavors
  3. Project coaching by CPCP staff throughout the project timeline
  4. Web-based narrative case studies to aid in local and field-wide advocacy
  5. Opportunities to engage in a national cohort of peer artist/partner teams

You can read more about how CPCP defines Civic Practice here.  


Over the course of our first two rounds of the Catalyst Initiative grantees, 13 teams of artists and civic partners from Arizona, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C. came together to envision the impact that the arts could have on their community-based work. The projects focused on a range of community development sectors including Agricultural and Food, Economic Development, Environment and Open Space, Transportation, Public Health and Safety, and Community Development. Each artist focused on a set of activities ranging from community engagement and visioning to creative advocacy practices, organizational capacity building, and cross-sector knowledge sharing.

To learn about previous Catalyst Initiative collaborations, check out the project portraits on our Resources page or via CPCP on Issuu.

The Catalyst Initiative is made possible due to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.