Apply now to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in American orchestras

Posted on: September 17, 2020

The League of American Orchestras’ Catalyst Fund is accepting applications now through Friday, November 6, 2020. The Catalyst Fund provides grants to help League-member orchestras build understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues and to practice effective EDI strategies. Catalyst Fund grants support organizational-development initiatives for musicians, staff, artistic leaders, and board members, including consensus-building conversations, anti-bias training, institutional audits, and the creation of formal EDI plans. Shared learning is a key component of the program, and Catalyst Fund grantees have access to facilitated interactions through an online forum and virtual convenings. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000, enabling successful applicants to work with a professional EDI consultant to advance self-defined internal EDI learning goals during a one-year grant period. Any League-member orchestra based in the U.S., including those that received grants in previous rounds, is eligible to apply (first-time applicants must attend a webinar that explains the Fund’s priorities and application process). This is the third and final round of the League’s three-year pilot program, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. Applications are due on Friday, November 6, 2020. Visit