The 2019 Catalyst Fund is now closed. Applications are currently under review and recipients will be announced in June 2019. The next Catalyst Fund cycle will be in early 2020.

Questions? Email  catalystfund@lyrasis.org.

The Catalyst Fund is an award program to fund new ideas and innovative projects by LYRASIS members. It is a membership benefit administered by the LYRASIS Leaders Circle to expand opportunities to share expertise and collaborate on innovations with potential for community-wide impact.

The Catalyst Fund supports creative concepts that:

  • Advance important objectives of the library, archive, and museum communities;

  • Test-and-try new approaches to common problems; and

  • Serve the broad interests of LYRASIS' membership.

In 2019, the LYRASIS Leaders Circle is especially interested in projects that cross organizational boundaries and engage diverse types of libraries, archives and museums in partnerships to expand the impact of innovative solutions to shared challenges.

Two types of submissions – proposals and ideas – can be made by any member of LYRASIS in good standing. A member may submit no more than ONE proposal and ONE idea to the Catalyst Fund in a single cycle.

  1. Proposals request funding to pilot your own project. If selected, funds will be sent to your organization to implement the project. Instructions for the 2019 cycle are provided as an example. New instructions will be posted prior to the 2020 cycle.

  2. Ideas recommend a service, program or consortial solution that would benefit the field which LYRASIS could provide. If selected, LYRASIS will develop a plan and pilot the program, service or solution. Instructions for the 2019 cycle are provided as an example. New instructions will be posted prior to the 2020 cycle.

All submissions are reviewed by field experts and the LYRASIS Leaders Circle. See More Information for details on review criteria and answers to frequently asked questions.

Funding decisions for the 2019 Catalyst Fund will be announced in June 2019. Recipients will have one year to implement their projects (July 2019 - June 2020).

Not planning to submit an application in 2020? Consider volunteering as a reviewer!
More questions? Email us at catalystfund@lyrasis.org.​