Catalyst Awards

Catalyst Awards

Grants and support for social innovations from our Fellowship

We award £100,000 annually, supporting Fellows to test needed social change innovations and scale the social impact of their projects.

The Catalyst Awards programme offers £2,000 Seed and £10,000 Scaling grants for RSA Fellows.

What can Seed Awards be used for?

Early-stage projects in need of a financial boost, to help them test the real-world potential and feasibility of an innovation.

What can Scaling Awards be used for?

Growing projects that have already made a proven difference, to help them scale. By scale we mean, reaching new beneficiaries, deepening impact with existing beneficiaries, or exploring ways of becoming more financially sustainable.

To be eligible, you must be an RSA Fellow. Find out more about RSA Fellowship.


  • 19 September 2022 – Catalyst Awards open to applications
  • 10 October 2022 – Catalyst Awards close to applications at 23:59 pm GMT
  • October & November – Shortlisting and decision panels
  • December – Decisions are announced to applicants

In the event that we receive a significant increase in the number of applications, we will notify all applicants by email of any changes to the timeline.

Funding priorities

Find out more about the RSA's award types and our funding priorities.

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Catalyst FAQs

One-stop-shop for any questions, including about eligibility, the assessment process and more.

How to apply

The Catalyst Awards are now closed for applications. Our next round is planned for Autumn 2022, and will open on 19 September 2022. Please keep an eye out for announcements in the Fellowship newsletter.

Contact us

If you have questions or accessibility requests, please reach out to the Catalyst Team at [email protected]

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Interim Finance Officer

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Catalyst Fund Manager

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Fellowship Coordinator

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