Catalyst Program Application

Apply to be a Catalyst State 

The 2023-2024 application process for the Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program is open from August 1, 2023 – September 1, 2023. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of colorectal cancer policy change in your state!

Once finished, submit your application and all requirements below.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EST on 09/01/2023

Applicant Requirements

  • Letters of support (minimum 3)
  • Bios, headshots, and titles for all key personnel working on this project
  • Detailed proposed budget, if applicable
  • List of Board of Directors or Advisory Council, if applicable

Program Overview

The Catalyst Program Fight CRC supports grassroots activities and coalition-building at the state level that will lead to legislative and policy changes to advance colorectal cancer screening. We aim to foster a community of colorectal cancer champions across states to troubleshoot challenges and share best practices.

Program Goals

The Catalyst Program supports policy efforts that may range from passing legislation at the state level to working with major payors or employers in the state to provide coverage for screening. This can include:

  • Removing patient out-of-pocket costs for follow-up colonoscopies following a positive non-invasive colorectal cancer screening exam
  • Ensuring colorectal cancer screening coverage for screening to begin at age 45 for those with average risk, as recommended by American Cancer Society Guidelines (*may not be relevant in all states)
  • Additional “big P” or “small p” policies to increase access to colorectal cancer screening may be considered (for example, the work in Kentucky and California)


Applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations (501(c)(3), 501(c)(4)), universities, coalitions, and state governments. Applicants not able to directly lobby within a state must identify a partner that is able to lobby. For-profit entities may be involved in the project, but will not be eligible for grant funding.


Not Eligible

  • Development of state-specific resources
  • Public relations and social media outreach
  • State lobbyist retention
  • State policy analysis
  • State lobby day, briefings, coalition meetings
  • Organizing visits with key lawmakers or regulators
  • Dedicated staff time necessary for program implementation and, reporting
  • Direct screening or patient services
  • Navigation programs
  • Capital or endowment campaigns
  • Individual scholarships
  • Pay indirect or overhead costs (i.e. office space, administrative fees, IT and/or EMR-related expenses, institution overhead, etc.)

Grant Benefits

In addition to grant funding, grant recipients will receive the following at no cost to the grant recipient:

  • Assistance with action planning from a nationally-recognized facilitator at a kick-off meeting to produce a required Action Plan.
  • Technical support and materials throughout the two-year grant period. This will include:
    • Resources for adaptation, action alerts, communications and social media support
    • Monthly or bi-monthly calls to discuss efforts, share successes and address issues
    • Access to additional expert advice and coaching on issues identified in their state

Grant Requirements

In addition to completing the application, applicants are required to include three letters of support from the coalitions or partners identified in the proposal. Applicants must outline their intended use of funds and how the funding will advance their efforts toward their goals.

Additionally, Applicants must commit to

  • Hosting an initial action planning meeting (Facilitator to be provided by Fight CRC)
  • Participating in regular check-ins for troubleshooting and cross-state learning
  • Tracking and reporting progress, challenges and outcomes

For any questions about the Catalyst program or the application, please contact