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Catalyst Awards

Catalyst Awards

Grants and support for social innovations from our Fellowship

The Catalyst Awards programme offers seed and scaling grants for RSA Fellows to test and grow their ideas to achieve social impact.

Each year we award £100,000 to fund initiatives from our global Fellowship community, investing in our potential to drive measurable social impact in resolving the challenges of our times.   

We currently face interconnected and escalating crises: environmentalglobal public health, economic, systemic racism, to name a few. 

Catalyst Awards are our way of offering Fellows tangible support to test needed innovations and help promising projects scale their social impact. 

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

What do we offer?

There are two levels of Catalyst Awards:

  • £2,000 seed grants 
  • £10,000 scaling grants


  • 29 Oct 2020 – Catalyst Awards open to applications 

  • 24 Nov 2020 – Catalyst Awards close to applications at 11:59pm GMT

  • Dec & Jan – Shortlisting and decision panels 

  • 2 Feb – 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. 

We plan for the next round to open in February 2021. 

Catalyst criteria

Find out if your project is eligible and review information and criteria for the current application round

How to Apply 

Applications for this Catalyst round are now closed. The next round will be in February 2021.

Contact us 

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

Catalyst FAQs

One-stop shop for any questions and tips about the grants process.

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Interim Catalyst Fund Programme Manager

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Vanessa Woo
Fellowship Administrator

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Eleanor Machon
Fellowship Administrator

Not a Fellow?

Join the Fellowship and help shape social change. Whether you are a champion of new ideas or simply want to support our mission, together we can achieve a genuine positive impact in the wider world.