Social Innovation Grants

The Center for Innovation and Community Impact is pleased to announce Social Innovation grants that directly support members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. These grants are available to all currently enrolled students. Projects must take place within one year of application.

Categories and Suggested Amounts

Awards up to $2,500 will be awarded in two categories:

  1. Community Engagement projects that benefit the BIPOC community
  2. Commissioning projects involving BIPOC composers or choreographers

Funding will not be provided for:

  1. Equipment, supplies, materials, or assistance normally obtained through the Conservatory office.
  2. Ongoing student employment
  3. Activities that have already taken place
  4. Projects already receiving significant funding from the Center (i.e., New Venture Competition)

Applicants should attempt to secure support from outside sources in addition to this request. Ensembles may request permission to submit one application for a group project.

Review Process and Timetable

During the Spring semester of 2022, project proposals are due by 11:59 pm on March 26.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss projects and submit draft proposals prior to the application deadline. Students must have their proposals reviewed and signed by Dean Nate Zeisler or Jazmín Morales prior to submission. To guarantee sufficient review time, student proposals should be submitted to the dean at least one week before the deadline.

The committee will convene as soon as possible after the deadline to review applications. Applicants must also submit a final report within one semester of project completion.

The following credit must appear on any printed and published materials: This (project/presentation/performance) was funded in part by the Center for Innovation and Community Impact at the С槼ֱ.


Completed grant application forms must be saved as a PDF and emailed to Nate Zeisler at nzeisler@colburnschool.edu no later than 11:59 pm on March 26. Download grant application form (PDF)

Your completed application will be automatically forwarded to the grant reviewers, and you will receive an emailed copy of your completed grant application.

All text in the application must be in the student’s own words. Do not copy material from a website or other source. Any application with copied material will be returned to the applicant for rewriting.

Award Process

Once the application is approved, a notification will be sent via email about award documentation that must be completed in order to receive the award.

Once documentation from the student has been submitted to the office, the processing time is 2–3 weeks.

Once the project is complete, the student must also submit a separate written report along with a photo. Download project report guidelines (PDF)