Reimagining the path to success for all students

By better preparing America's young people for their careers.
The Catalyze Challenge offers grants up to $500,000 for bold and innovative ideas to reimagine career-connected learning

Prioritizing career-connected learning that expands economic opportunity and lifelong success for all students.

the problem

our education system promises opportunity for all

We’re looking for novel approaches to

rethink the link between K-12, college, and career for all students

the opportunity
Do you have an innovative idea or approach for career-focused education? Does your solution directly impact young people in grades 6-14?

Apply today for funding up to $500,000 and in-kind supports.

the challenge award

The Catalyze Challenge offers grants of up to $500,000 to design, pilot, and expand innovative solutions that support students in accessing economic opportunity through career-integrated learning.

accelerate award

For programs that are ready to pilot or launch.

ignite award

For early stage ideas or programs that need support with planning, research, or design.

School Year 2021-22

June 2021

Jun. 24 Aug. 15 Late September
applications open applications close winners announced
School Year 2022-23

Fall 2021

Dates to be announced in Fall 2021

Who can apply
We believe that every student deserves access to a high quality, career-relevant education

The Catalyze Challenge seeks ideas from organizations and partnerships supporting historically underserved communities, including:

Schools & Educators
Government agencies
Organizations representing workers & employers
Community members
What we’re looking for
Winning ideas will:
  • Center on inventive or novel approaches to creating economic opportunity through career-connected learning
  • Serve students in grades 6 to 14
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of how the solution serves at least one historically underserved community
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