This program assists individual artists and/or arts groups with projects of artistic and/or cultural merit whose primary purpose is to encourage creative expression, stimulate understanding and appreciation of the arts and humanities, and/or to encourage community support of the arts and humanities.

This program is designed to help support new, or emerging projects and opportunities that are not included in other grant applications to JAHC.

To qualify for the Catalyst Grant, the applicant must:
  • ! show how the proposed project will benefit the general community.
  • have been a Juneau resident or resident of South East Alaska for the past year, currently residing here; and planning to reside in Juneau for the duration of the grant project. Preferential consideration will be given to Juneau-based proposals.
  • not have received a New Opportunities or Catalyst Grant from JAHC in the previous grant cycle, and have received fewer than four of them in total.
  • fulfilled all reporting requirements for any prior grant award.
Catalyst Grants are awarded based on the following criteria, listed in order of importance:
  1. Compatibility with JAHC's core values: Community, Education, Enrichment and Creativity;
  2. Artistic quality of the project.
  3. Project represents a new initiative or project not funded through any other JAHC or CBJ funding sources.
  4. Benefit and impact of the proposed project for the larger community;
  5. Ability of applicant to manage arts/humanities programs, projects, events, based on past experience;
  6. Likelihood of project succeeding within proposed budget;
  7. Prior compliance with JAHC grant policies,
  8. Applicant’s financial need according to submitted budget and rationale;
  9. The application is complete and the applicant meets the general eligibility requirements.
Funds are for programs or projects that begin after the award date and must expended by the grantee within the project dates unless JAHC approves an extension before the project's ending date. Projects may not be funded retroactively.

Projects may not already be receiving funding from CBJ.

Funds may be used for artistic and professional development of an individual or group of artists, or for the development of new programs that expand an arts group's contribution to the community.
This grant does not fund endowments, building campaigns, capital improvements, fund-raising, marketing, or administrative costs.

Requests for airfare may not exceed discounted advance purchase rates.

JAHC will not award grant funds to support religious projects.

JAHC reserves the right to conduct periodic reviews and audits of grant projects to determine if the grantee is spending money appropriately and is complying with grant guidelines and policies.

Applicants may submit one application in a grant cycle, and may only receive an award every other grant cycle.

Awards may fully meet but not exceed the amount requested in the application.

Grantees must have a completed grant evaluation on file for any prior awards to be considered for a new grant award.

All promotional and printed materials about the project, including publications and books, must include this notice: 
This project is funded in part by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and the City and Borough of Juneau.
Copies of all promotional material must be submitted to JAHC.

  • Catalyst Grant awards may not exceed $500. 
  • Funds may be applied to projects beginning on or after the application date.
  • Budget narratives should show how the project will be funded should the application receive less than the requested amount.