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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 and reform 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. Read about lessons from grantees' experiences in the Catalyst Grant Program Insights collection.

    Explore grantees' local projects by clicking the links below.


    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