Collegium Catalyst Grants

The Collegium funds “catalyst” grants for projects that advance Collegium's mission on those campuses and in broader forums. The grants can fund course development, scholarship, and workshops that advance Catholic intellectual life and bring it into dialogue with other ways of knowing.  Collegium alumni/ae at Collegium member institutions are eligible to apply for the grants, and other faculty may be included in proposals as co-applicants. 

Catalyst Grants of up to $2500 for projects that extend Collegium's mission on member campuses!

Collegium will funds two “catalyst” grants of up to $2500 each. We are extremely excited about this opportunity to advance Collegium's work, and to support and enable great work from our alumni/ae.

The catalyst grant program is deferred for the 2021 grant cycle.  We hope to restart in 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Director of Collegium.  Applications and questions should be emailed to Awards normally are announced in April. The grants are awarded for a twelve month period beginning July 1 of the next fiscal year, with a possible award period extension of an additional six months. At the close of the grant period, awardees will be responsible for submitting a report on the disbursal of funds and a two to three page narrative report which will be suitable for publication in Collegium News and the ACCU Update.

Applications should include:

  1. Cover Sheet - listing title of project, primary contact person (s) and contact information, amount requested, and a 100 word abstract. The cover sheet must be signed by all applicants.  It should also include the name and contact information of the sponsoring institution's grant officer and his or her signature approving the grant request. 
  2. Narrative (in three parts) -
    1. An Introduction, in which the applicant(s) presents the educational and intellectual rationale behind the proposal, identifies its intended audience, and indicates how it builds on Collegium's work.
    2. A Project Plan, in which the applicant or group of applicants details the manner by which the proposal’s goals will be met, and identifies the specific resources and plan needed to accomplish that.
    3. Qualifications of applicants to carry out the project, and qualifications of other persons to be brought in to help with the project.

    It is essential that the Narrative be clear, complete, and free from jargon. Depending on the nature and scope of the project, the Committee expects that the Narrative will be two to five double-spaced typed pages in length.

  3. Budget - should contain an itemized list of proposed expenditures, such as stipend, travel, reference and teaching materials, fees, etc. These should be presented in the form of confirmed costs or documented cost estimates. In cases where participants request a stipend, such stipend may only be paid when the payee is off-contract (e.g., faculty on nine month contracts may only be paid stipends for work done during the three summer months off-contract). Stipends shall be limited to $125 per day for participants from the applicants' institution.  Honoraria for speakers may be proposed at a rate that seems appropriate for the speaker. Support from other sources should also be listed if a project's total cost exceeds $2500. Given the small size of the grants, the grantee institution must be willing to manage the grant without charging overhead.