Catalyst Grants

Program Funding

Catalyst Funding supports community efforts that strategically align investments with long-term solutions related to 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.
  • describe the increase/decrease in demand for services, operational distress, costs to continue current services, and/or anticipated fundraising loss due to COVID-19.

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.


2022 Catalyst Timeline:

1. Catalyst Grants open Thursday, June 23, 2022, and are due to the United Way of Abilene office by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
Application: Word Doc | Editable PDF

2. In August, the Volunteer Service Award recipient will review all applications.

3. Catalyst Grants are presented during the Campaign Kick-off on Tuesday, August 8, 2022.

Please contact Jenn Waldmann at 325.677-1841 or to request more information.




(325) 677-1841

240 Cypress St. Abilene, TX 79601