Catalyst Grant Program


The US justice system disproportionately impacts and harms communities of color, especially Black communities. Racism and racial biases are deeply embedded in the justice system, leading to disparities based on race that are well documented. Even when brief, contact with the justice system carries significant costs to individuals, families, and communities. By improving access to relevant data and technology, communities can have additional tools to inform and improve policy and practices to make the justice system more equitable.   

The Urban Institute and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative are collaborating on the Catalyst Grant Program to help organizations use data and technology to advance racial equity and fairness in the justice system.

Responses to the Request for Proposals were due on February 25, 2022. For more information about the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 grantees, see Urban Institute project website.

In October 2022, Microsoft and the Urban Institute plan to issue a request for proposals to select a new cohort of local organizations to participate in the Catalyst Grant Program in 2023. To sign up to receive announcements about this and related future funding opportunities from Microsoft or others, please sign up through this form.

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