Community Growth Resources

The Catalytic Fund has multiple resources for planning and funding real estate development projects that meet our criteria of quality, need, and impact. These include financial products such as loans and investments, as well as real estate development services we provide on a consulting basis.

Our financial investments are limited to projects within our Investment Area of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton, KY, with some exceptions. We can provide development services for projects in any geographic location.

The Catalytic Fund further supports its Investment Area by leading educational and placemaking initiatives designed to promote real estate development best practices and to involve the community in revitalization plans and results.

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Financial Investments

The Catalytic Fund makes investments in real estate projects within our Investment Area of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Dayton, and Bellevue, KY. We focus on projects that need extra support to advance from a pre-development stage to construction, so our investments are relatively short-term, covering a project's construction and stabilization. Because no two real estate projects are alike, our transactions are individually structured and may take the form of primary loans, subordinate and mezzanine debt, bridge loans, and equity investments. In special circumstances, we may fund pre-development and property acquisition activities.

To learn more about our lending and investment criteria, click here. If you would like to discuss financing options for one of your projects, please contact Joe Klare.


Real Estate Development Services

Our Catalytic Fund professionals have specialized expertise in real estate finance, real estate development, urban planning, GIS mapping and data analysis, and historic preservation. We provide consulting services to help private sector, non-profit, and public entity clients execute their development plans. The types of services we offer include:

If you have a project you think would benefit from our development services, please contact Jeanne Schroer for pricing and details.



The Catalytic Fund initiates activities to enhance place quality, advance regional economic development efforts, and promote real estate development best practices.


Vibrancy initiatives create community vitality, promote the livability and diversity of our Investment Area, and attract end users to projects we support. Examples include Beyond the Curb Urban Living Tours, NKY Picnic Table Project, NKY Art Tours, NKY ArtQuest, and the Northern Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Project.

Real Estate Best Practices

The Catalytic Fund sponsors and organizes symposia and educational events promoting real estate development best practices and providing information about market conditions, development trends, and new programs.


As a 501 (c) (3) entity, the Catalytic Fund does not support political candidates or campaigns. We do, however, advocate for legislation that provides more effective tools for urban community development.


The Catalytic Fund is part of a consortium of regional economic development entities that collaborates and shares and aligns resources to achieve regional goals.

If you are interested in joining our mailing list for invitations to our Community Vibrancy events and urban living tours, please sign up below.

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Other Resources

The Catalytic Fund maintains a data base of information on our Investment Area Cities as well as development incentives (local, state, and federal) and grant opportunities available for projects in Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton.

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