PROJECTCatalyst Grant Program

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The Catalyst Team

The Catalyst Grant Program is a collaboration between the Urban Institute and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative.

Urban Institute Staff

This program is led by a core team with staff from Urban’s Justice Policy Center and Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.


The Catalyst Grant Program is supported by Microsoft as part of the Justice Reform Initiative. We are grateful to them and to all our funders, who make it possible for Urban to advance its mission.

The views expressed in this project are those of the Urban authors or the grantees and should not be attributed to Microsoft or to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders. Funders do not determine research findings or the insights and recommendations of Urban experts. Further information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles is available at

The Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative is led by Merisa Heu-Weller (general manager) and the Catalyst Grant Program has been designed in partnership with Marie Pryor (lead program manager), Pablo Castro (program manager), and Elizabeth Grossman (senior consultant).