Open Calls

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Supported by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program with funds from the Federal Foreign Office in the framework of the International Relief Fund for Organizations in Culture and Education, Arts Collaboratory and DOEN.

Important dates

    • Start of reception period: September 20th, 2021
    • End of reception period: October 20th, 2020
    • Public announcement of results: November 5th, 2021
    • Online public event with grantees: Date to be determined, February 2022

Since 2014, the Catalyst Grant has been an important part of TEOR/éTica’s grants and support program. It aims to propel organizations and artistic collectives that play an key role in the transformation of the cultural landscape of the Central American and Caribbean region, both locally and internationally.  Supporting smaller scale, non-formal, or non-institutionalized initiatives is a way of building an artistic ecology capable of responding to needs in a faster, more coherent, and experimental way.

We wish to recognize and contribute to artistic and cultural initiatives that operate in contexts with economic, social, and political difficulties. We also aim to spotlight the significance of how these projects build community and activate ways of thinking critically about the present through art.

This year, thanks to the generous support of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), and the Arts Collaboratory network and DOEN, we will be awarding six scholarships of US $3,000 (three thousand US dollars) to organizations or collectives selected through an open call. The grant can be used to continue the work that these organizations or collectives have been doing, expand their scope, implement new dynamics, among others.

For the second consecutive year, we will be sharing an updated map of arts organizations from Central America and the Caribbean to be published at the end of the process. In addition, we will organize a virtual talk at the beginning of 2022, which will discuss the projects developed, and organizational methods in our contexts that help us face the present challenges.

Who can apply:

Organizations and independent collectives from Central America and the Caribbean archipelago (this DOES NOT include Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico) that are: building community through contemporary visual arts (DOES NOT include: cinema, theater, dance, or literature), fostering the connection between art and activism, and having an impact on the public sphere, through their commitment to take art as a common space to connect people and address urgent social issues.

Endowment of the scholarship:

USD $3000 for each organization and/or collective selected.


  • The organization and/or collective must be based in Central America and/or the Caribbean archipelago (this DOES NOT INCLUDE Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico).
  • The organization and/or collective has to have at least two years of existence.
  • Present documents that give evidence of the existence of the organization/collective for at least two years.
  • Priority will be given to those organizations and groups that have not benefited from this same scholarship in the last two years.
  • Visual arts organizations and/or collectives must submit an administrative report and a brief narrative description of the use of the scholarship by the first week of July 2022.

Proposals that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Form of submitting applications:

Each organization and/or collective must complete the following Google Form

Grantee agreements:

Selected grantees must sign a contract where they agree to the following:

  • Grant payment method
  • Participation in an online public event in February 2022
  • Submit an administrative report of activities by July 2022
  • Matters regarding mention of the grant in the circulation of any material associated with it

Selection process

The received proposals will be revised by Leonardo González (Honduras), Mariela Richmond (Costa Rica) and Johan Mihail (Dominican Republic), alongside TEOR/éTica’s Collective Artistic Direction (Paula Piedra, Daniela Morales, Lola Malavasi). Through an internal discussion, up to six proposals will be selected.

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