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Q: How do I apply?
A: All interested organizations that meet the Catalyst eligibility requirements may respond to the Call for Submissions with an initial Letter of Intent submitted via the Catalyst Portal no later than December 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. The Letter of Intent invites applicants to submit:

  • Brief description of their organization, including its mission and vision for near- and long-term impact
  • Brief description of the role of wireless technology in achieving the organization’s social and business goals
  • Up to one-page description of how the organization would use funds, if awarded, in line with problem and opportunity statements (including the charitable purpose served)
  • Current operating budget and high-level growth projections
  • Current staff capacity, with an organizational chart
  • Overview of its geographical coverage

Q: What Does the Submissions Process Look Like?

A: After receiving the Letters of Intent, CTIA Wireless Foundation will review all letters, evaluate the appropriateness for charitable grant support and invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal in January 2020.

The full proposal will invite applicants to submit a narrative description of the scope of the project that the Catalyst award funds would support, as well as more detailed financial information. Applicants will also be required to submit a short video describing how the organization will leverage wireless technology to improve the health and wellness of Americans.

After a review of applications and selection from Catalyst Advisors, CTIA Wireless Foundation will invite up to three finalists to an event in late Spring, 2020, with expenses paid, to present their organizations and solutions to determine award selections and recognize winners.

Q: What Do Catalyst Awardees Receive?

A: Catalyst finalist receive unrestricted grants in the following amounts. Catalyst awardees will be required to attend event(s) during the application process and to submit short interim and full-year grant reports to the Foundation

  • First Place: $100,000
  • Second Place: $50,000
  • Third Place: $25,000

Q: What Else Do Catalyst Awardees Receive?

A: In addition to one financial award at an amount outlined above, all awardees will receive several non-financial benefits and incentives, including the following:

  • Organizational profile and/or video vignette posted on the CTIA Wireless Foundation website
  • Invitation and recognition at 2020 CTIA Wireless Foundation event (expenses paid)
  • Initiation into Catalyst alumni network
  • Networking with CTIA Wireless Foundation board members
  • Features in CTIA member communications and newsletters and social media channels, as well as through the CTIA Wireless Foundation channels

Q: What is the deadline to enter?

A: Applications are open from October 22 through December 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

Q: Who is eligible to enter?

A: Here are the eligibility requirements for Catalyst.

  • CTIA Wireless Foundation operates in the United States and represents the wireless communications industry nationwide. Therefore, applicants must be registered and operate in the United States.
  • In compliance with the legal obligations of CTIA Wireless Foundation, applicants must assume one of the following legal statuses and be registered in the United States as one of the following: non-profit organization; for-profit enterprise with a demonstrated commitment to social good; or a B-Corporation. Individual applicants or organizations without one of these statuses will not be considered. Organizations that have the legal status of a for-profit enterprise with a demonstrated commitment to social good or a B-Corporation may be asked to submit additional documentation at the appropriate time.
  • To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, applicants cannot be past or current CTIA members during any point in the process outlined.
  • To ensure equity and fairness in the review process, applicants must have completed all requested materials and submit them by December 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Q: Who should apply to Catalyst?

A: CTIA and its foundation are committed to equity and transparency in supporting social enterprises that seek to make strides at the intersection of wireless technology and health and wellness. Catalyst, therefore, seeks to support entities – both for-profit and non-profit – who have the potential and infrastructure in place to make a real impact but who may face barriers to accessing capital. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Catalyst Advisors will prioritize the following in the review process:

  • Applicants who have made or have demonstrable potential to make noteworthy contributions to impact the field of health and wellness using wireless technology.
  • Applicants whose innovation will improve health and wellness outcomes using wireless technology in under-resourced communities.
  • Applicants who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their business practices and in the design and execution of their programs.
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