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, and applicants will be notified of the decisions by mid-June 2022, with a public announcement scheduled for August 2022.  The 2022 awardees will be added to the Urban Institute project website at that time; you can learn about the 2021 pilot grantees there now.

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