Funding partnerships

Our funders and sponsors all share our commitment to fostering social progress. Our Action and Research Centre combines radical new thinking with practical action to deliver positive social change and help people to fulfil their potential.

We work closely with our funding partners in areas relevant to their work to develop our leading edge projects, collaborate with key opinion formers and share expertise. We test out our ideas with practitioners and service users in communities to deliver impact on the ground. These range from work in education, design and the arts, to enterprise, public service innovation and community development – such as developing holistic strategies to enable people to recover from drug misuse.

We are interested in stimulating social innovation and progress, for example setting up the RSA Academy in Tipton, West Midlands, one of over 200 schools in the UK that offer the RSA’s innovative Opening Minds curriculum; and RSA Catalyst which seed funds new projects and social enterprises RSA Fellows are starting up around the UK and globally.

Although the RSA can invest a small amount of seed funding into its projects to cover the early feasibility stages of its work, we rely entirely on external funding and are grateful for the support of all our funders and sponsors who enable this work to happen. Our funders include individuals, companies, local authorities, trusts and foundations such as The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Tudor Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, RBS, Kingfisher, Arts Council amongst many others.

To find out more about partnering with us, please email Esther McCarthy, our Head of Business Development, or telephone on +44 (0)20 7451 6961.