Pillars Fund Catalyze Grants support a vibrant, multidisciplinary network of Muslim organizations and leaders who advance social good.
What We Fund
The Catalyze Fund distributes grants to advance three priorities:
Reimagining public safety
We support Muslim leaders and organizations who are working to end the unjust criminalization of our communities and who are promoting solutions that protect us all. They are addressing issues like mass surveillance, racial and religious profiling, immigrant detention and deportation, prisoners’ rights, and money bail.
Promoting mental health & wellness
We support organizations and individuals who are building mental healthcare systems that better serve Muslim communities and reimagining what healing for Muslims can look like. Rather than direct service, these initiatives are working on research, awareness, education, and coalition-building.
Building civic power
We support Muslim leaders who are organizing communities, creating relevant civic media, training potential political candidates, mobilizing voters, and ultimately transforming our democracy to one that serves us all.
What We Assess
When an organization applies for a Catalyze Grant at Pillars, we look at the following selection criteria:
Does the proposed work align with Pillars’ mission? Is the idea bold and does it lay out a pathway to progress?
Are the individuals affiliated with the applicant visionary, capable, and trusted?
Does the applicant have adequate staff (or plans to grow), pathways to funding, transparent governance, and solid financial practices?
Do the applicant’s leaders have a clear strategy and a strong track record?
What We Provide
For organizations new to our portfolio, Pillars provides transition grants of $10,000 to $20,000. For returning grantees, awards can range from $30,000 to $75,000.
When Pillars awards a grant, we are deeply invested in that grantee’s success. We provide flexible support and a select number of multi-year grants, so grantees can grow and build movements that outlast the current moment. Beyond the grant, our support includes professional development, digital media support, and networking within the nonprofit and philanthropy spaces. We work to nurture relationships to support a vibrant, growing network among change makers.