Application Requirements

Who and What We Are Looking For

In this first phase of the RFP process, we welcome initial applications that demonstrate a range of creative approaches to serve undocumented students and their families in sustainable ways. We place a premium on the engagement of undocumented students in the development and implementation of these programs knowing that user and participant feedback increases quality. We encourage campuses to be bold in tailoring their proposed projects to address their institutional needs, student population, and community context. Because we aim to support coordinated efforts that can best leverage limited resources to serve as many undocumented students and family members as possible, we will consider a single application from multiple campuses working collaboratively, but we will not consider more than one application from a single campus. We are also open to considering applications from campuses that propose to collaborate with public or private partners.  

Essential Elements

At a minimum, initial applications must include the following elements:

  • Evidence of a commitment from campus leadership to sustain the project beyond the Catalyst Fund’s three years of support. For this initial application, you will only need to indicate the names and titles of the administrators or faculty who will be prepared to serve as internal champions for sustaining the project beyond the Catalyst Fund’s three years of support. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, letters of support from senior campus leadership will be requested.
  • Clear demonstration that the project will be informed by ongoing input from and engagement of undocumented students.
  • Evidence of need for the proposed project as demonstrated by significant numbers of undocumented immigrants on your campus and in the communities you serve.
  • A commitment to bring on a designated staff position or point person to lead the proposed efforts.
  • A willingness to serve undocumented students and their family members.

What We Cannot Support

  • Scholarships;
  • Stipends (unless to support students implementing campus-based services for undocumented students)
  • Cash payments to individuals;
  • Capital projects;
  • Endowments;
  • Religious or partisan political activities; or  
  • Lobbying.