Overview and Guidelines

 Catalyst Funding supports community efforts that strategically align investments with long-term solutions for our focus areas of health, education, and financial stability.
Particularly, we will consider proposals that:
  • align with the mission of United Way of Abilene,
  • demonstrate fiscal accountability,
  • demonstrate the ability to measure and document outcomes,
  • demonstrate the capacity and leadership necessary to complete the proposed activity,
Awards will not be granted to:
  • fundraising, capital campaigns, or endowment efforts.
  • deficit financing.
  • grants to individuals.
  • be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, health or human service organization, or a governmental agency providing health and human services.
  • provide services that benefit residents in the 19 counties served by United Way of Abilene.
  • maintain a local, voluntary board of directors comprised of enough members to conduct business and provide quality oversight.
  • file an IRS 990 and provide one filed if serving as the fiscal agent for the partnership.
Catalyst funding requests should not exceed $10,000.

2023 Catalyst Grant Timeline
 June 22, 2023 Catalyst Grant Application Opens 
 July 27, 2023 Catalyst grant proposals due by noon
 September 7, 2022 Announcement of Catalyst Funding Awards at the United Way Campaign Kickoff

Questions may be submitted to Marcus Wiley, Director of Community Impact at marcus@unitedwayabilene.org or 325-677-1841.