PROJECTCatalyst Grant Program

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2021 Catalyst Cohort

In 2021, Microsoft and the Urban Institute selected nine local organizations to participate in the pilot of the Catalyst Grant Program. Over six months, the organizations used data and technology to inform and improve policies and practices to advance racial equity in the criminal legal system. Their approaches and achievements can provide models, lessons, and inspiration for communities, local governments, funders, and data and technology experts across the United States. Click the links below to read about each grantee's local project.

Map of 2021 Catalyst cohort


2021 Grantees

Abolitionist Law Center
Allegheny County, PA

Faith in Indiana
Marion County, IN

Forward Justice
Mecklenburg County, NC

Just City
Shelby County, TN

Just Communities Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Texas Center for Justice and Equity
City of Houston and Harris County, TX

Urban Strategies Council
East Oakland, CA

Youth Advocate Programs
Mecklenburg County, NC

Youth Justice Network
New York and Bronx Counties, NY