Catalyst Awards

Catalyst Awards

RSA Catalyst Awards offers social innovation grants and support to RSA Fellows

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

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

Seed Awards

Seed Awards can be used for early-stage projects in need of a financial boost to help them test the real-world potential and feasibility of an idea.

Scaling Awards

Scaling Awards can be used for growing projects that have already made a proven difference. 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. If you are applying for a Scaling Award, your organisation’s income must be below £250k. Find out more about RSA Fellowship here.


  • 6 March 2023 – Catalyst Awards open to applications
  • 3 April 2023 – Catalyst Awards close to applications at 23:59 pm GMT
  • April & May – Reviewing and community panels
  • June – Decisions are announced to applicants

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

Catalyst FAQs

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

What do we fund?

Find out more about the types of projects the RSA funds.

Our impact

Read about past Catalyst Award projects to find out about the difference Catalyst funding made to their work.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. Our next round will open in autumn 2023.

You can select the grant type you are applying for on the first page of the portal. You will need to enter your last name and Fellowship number (found on the account tab of MyRSA, on correspondence from the RSA or by emailing the Fellowship team or calling +44 207 451 6939).

You can find everything you need to know about the fund and how to make an application in our application pack.

You can download Word versions of the Seed Award application form and Scaling Award application form but please note, these forms are for reference only and cannot be submitted.

Contact us

The RSA is committed to supporting talented entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. If you need any assistance with making an application to us, please get in touch by contacting [email protected]. We are able to offer a range of adjustments (for example, accepting non written applications in video or audio format or time working through the form with a colleague).

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