While we do not restrict how you use the grant funds we tend to favor applicants who plan to use their grant for direct costs associated with their idea/project. We are less likely to fund parts of a monthly budget, complement existing salaries, or for a project that has an overall budget that is many millions of dollars more than what you’re seeking from the Catalyst Fund.
Once submitted, every request goes through an evaluation process that generally spans 3-4 weeks. The process includes ongoing proposal reviews, a 30-40 minute phone call for select proposals who have advanced passed the first stage, and a final review (oftentimes with external experts) before a definitive decision is made. If you do receive a grant we will ask you to submit a 1-2 minute video of your ideas and issue it’s addressing.
The only applications that will be reviewed are those submitted through our website. Please do not mail in any materials. Please only provide those materials that are requested through the online Application.
In addition to seeing what is not a Good Fit, please be advised that we do not fund religious programs/projects/activities, fundraising events, organizations with a substantial purpose of influencing any political, legislative or regulatory cause, labor unions, or fraternal, veteran or labor membership organizations serving only the members of that organization.