Apply now! Innovation Catalyst Applications are due by Noon on Friday, July 1, 2022

Updated: Jun 26

United Way of Central Ohio is now accepting applications for Innovation Catalyst. A limited number of Innovation Catalyst Grants are available!

Program: To help Central Ohio nonprofit organizations create innovative, impactful and more sustainable initiatives, United Way of Central Ohio is once again partnering with CauseImpact to offer a premier cohort consulting package to a select number of agencies. The Innovation Catalyst program will begin in July 2022 and continue until May 2023. The program will conclude with the completion of an agency business plan for a new venture or business model, which will increase mission impact while diversifying revenue. Each participating agency will develop a launch-ready concept and business plan.

Innovation Catalyst Overview

Innovation Catalyst Grant: Through the generosity of United Way donors, along with critical funding support from AEP Foundation, the Columbus Foundation, and IGS Energy, each participating agency will receive an Innovation Catalyst Grant of $13,125.00, to help fund their participation in the program, and will be responsible for a 1:3 grant match of $4,375.

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Eligibility: Any registered nonprofit organization whose primary service area is Central Ohio is invited to apply.

Requirements for Participation: Applicants must:

  • Submit a completed application no later than Noon on Friday, July 1, 2022.

  • Be able to provide matching funds of $4,375.00.

  • Commit to full participation in the Innovation Catalyst program:

  • Designate this project as a strategic priority.

  • Build an Impact Team (a description of the Impact Team will be provided as part of the application process. Please see below).

  • Assign a project leader from the agency’s leadership team.

  • Participate in group sessions and presentations (schedule TBA).

  • Develop, over the course of the program, a detailed business plan to launch-ready status.

  • Executive leaders and at least one board member from each finalist must be available for an online interview on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, or Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled as finalists are selected.

  • Be prepared to bring your entire team to Columbus on July 27, 2022, at 9:00 AM, for the Innovation Catalyst Kickoff Session.

  • The business plan development process will conclude with live presentations to the program funders and the community in May of 2023.

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How to Submit: The application process will take place on United Way’s E-Cimpact platform. You can add the application if your agency is already using this system, or if you are new to this system, register your organization to access it.

Agencies with an existing account: Login to E-CImpact. If you have not yet accessed this system, contact your agency’s primary contact (typically the Executive Director) for your login and temporary password. If you are unable to access the system, send an email to for further assistance. Click on Grant Applications (left navigation pane) and select the Innovation Catalyst application. You will also need to create a program to associate with the application.

Agencies which have not used the system before must create an account: Go to E-CImpact . Note: You must have an EIN to register an agency. Follow the prompts on the website to set up your agency profile. If you need assistance navigating the site in the future, access the user guide in the resources section in the lower right corner of the home page. If you need assistance getting registered or do not have an EIN, email us at You will be able to select the Innovation Catalyst application as you are setting up your profile. Note you will also need to create a program to associate with the application.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sean McGee at CauseImpact:

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