What We Fund

The Catalyst Fund will support:

  • An average grant award of $125,000 provided directly to campuses for the first 12-month cycle (although grant sizes will vary). Collaborations involving multiple campuses would be eligible to receive larger grants.
  • Individualized technical assistance from seasoned consultants to help campuses design and/or refine the delivery of support services and resources to undocumented students and their families based on lessons from other campuses across the state.

In the first year of the Catalyst Fund’s three-year term, a minimum of $3.25 million will be awarded to selected campuses for the 2018-19 academic year.  Annual renewals with gradually decreasing grant amounts will be made through 2021 contingent upon fulfillment of agreed upon grant objectives. A mid-grant report will be due to the Catalyst Fund administrators in early spring 2019.

While we invite any campus within the CCC, CSU, and UC systems to submit applications for consideration, we will focus our grant support on campuses with new or nascent efforts to serve undocumented students. The Catalyst Fund seeks to expand support to undocumented students and their families in California at this time of need.

The Catalyst Fund strives to ensure distribution of resources to campuses located across the state of California – from north to south, inland to coastal, and urban to rural.