2023-2024 Creative Catalyst Application

AAPI Civic Engagement Fund



Sep 12, 2023


Aug 15, 2023

The AAPI Fund is issuing a request for proposals for their 2023-2024 Creative Catalyst Program. This program provides opportunities for independent artists to engage the public in critical issues impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country. They will consider a variety of art forms, such as music, video, visual arts, performing arts, poetry, and more.

They were established in 2013 to support local groups nationwide to organize AAPIs to fully participate in a multiracial democracy, achieve policy and systems change, and lead thriving lives. Learn more about AAPI Fund here.

They will be funding one-year contracts of up to $30,000 each to hire five artists to produce work with the potential to break through mainstream media and catalyze conversations around the themes of Solidarity, Belonging, and Voting Together.

They will coordinate publicity and promote the distribution of final projects in furtherance of AAPI Fund’s charitable purpose. This toolbox is subject to availability and relevance and may include:

  • An accomplished communications consultant to assist in creating local and national earned media stories about the work in connection with the work of the AAPI Fund
  • Digital advertising to help promote the final products and the AAPI Fund
  • Introductions to AAPI organizations that may want to use the work for charitable purposes
  • Support with placement in galleries, shows, or other venues, with a priority on venues with experience in presenting art with a social justice theme to promote the work of the AAPI Fund
  • Development and distribution of replicas of the final products (e.g. posters, calendars, stickers, etc.) to promote the work of the AAPI Fund

For more detailed program information, see here.


  • AAPIs include people from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands.

Application Instructions

Press “Next” at the bottom of the application form to apply to the Creative Catalyst Program. The deadline to apply is September 12 at 5:00 pm HST / 8:00 pm PT / 10:00 pm CT / 11:00 pm ET.
Attend a one-hour application webinar.
For any inquiries, reach out to