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Catalyst Fund Grants

The United Way of the Columbia-Willamette Catalyst Fund ($50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017-2018) is designed to initiate or strengthen an effort through one-time investments to strengthen the systems and networks that support the communities in our region.

The first cycle of the Catalyst Fund for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year will open on October 1st, 2017. Thank you!!


1. Review the following documents:

2. Consider the best time to apply

  • Requests are accepted in two cycles during the following months for awards up to $5,000 per application:
    • October 1 – November 16, 2017 
    • March 1 – April 16, 2018
  • Organizations currently receiving funds through Community Transformation are not eligible for this grant stream.
  • Eligible organizations may only submit one request per fiscal year, and;
  • In the spirit of fairness, the Catalyst Fund will be disbursed equally throughout the year, with requests reviewed and awarded by an internal committee (approximately $25,000 to be awarded per review session):





Oct. 1st – Nov. 16th 2017

Dec. 2017

Jan. 2018

July 31st 2018

Mar. 1st – Apr. 16th 2018

May 2018

June 2018

Dec. 31st 2018


>> Application is Now Closed<< 

3. Submit your Catalyst Fund request:

Once you have completed your application, the following screen will appear confirming the receipt of your application:


4. Questions?

Contact Chelsea Bunch, Community Collaborations & Investment Manager, at