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Most of the RSA’s work can be traced back to one basic thought: that the best way to change society for the better is to help people change it for themselves.

Abena Poku - Awuah

Sustainability Associate

Your Project

Do you have a great idea? 

We prioritise projects that will be truly catalysed by our grant, have the greatest potential to achieve measurable world impact, and offer a new solution to a pressing societal problem in one of our key areas of focus.

Find out more about our key areas of focus

Asma Shah

It's not just about the money, it's about the brand, more support and about having Fellows deliver for you. It's been fantastic.

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Asma Shah

Founder - You Make It

our offer

Shape and share your idea

Do you have an idea that you want to turn in to a reality? You could pitch at one of our Fellowship events, meet Fellows in your area or search Find a Fellow to connect with others around the world to and raise awareness of your project. Speak to your Area Manager to get started – we may also be able to support you to share your idea by blogging or tweeting about it, or you may be able to access some small local grants.

Catalyst Awards Programme

Our £2,000 Seed Grants and £10,000 Scaling Grants are intended to support Fellows’ projects at different stages in their development, from initial set up to establishing ongoing sustainability.


Crowdfunding Support with Kickstarter and Spacehive

Make the most of RSA support for Fellow-led projects by helping us champion your crowdfunding campaign on our partner platforms and across the Fellows’ network. 

RSA Transform

We support Fellows with pioneering ideas to transform society. By mobilising our networks, influence and resources behind the bold visions of our Fellows, this programme addresses some of the major challenges of the 21st century.

catalyst guidelines

Before you apply:

To ensure that your project meets the criteria, please read through our guidelines for both the small and scaling grants before you begin your application.

Catalyst criteria



Here are the most frequently asked questions:

Who can apply?

An RSA Fellow must be the lead on the application to be eligible for a Catalyst grant. However, as the RSA advocates collaboration, the project team can consist of both Fellows and non-Fellows. More information on RSA Fellowship can be found here. Your Fellowship status must be confirmed for your application to be eligible to be reviewed by the Catalyst panel. If you are unsure about your Fellowship status, please contact us

How do I apply?

For both the grants, applications are made online. Please note, you are unable to save draft copies of our online form. You may wish to prepare your answers in advance. You can download the full forms for the Scaling Grant and for the Small Grant, then copy them into the online form once complete.

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RSA crowdfunding

RSA Crowdfunding support is open to new applications

See our guidance for Fellows seeking to crowdfund. 


For information on how to apply for crowdfunding support please email

Kimberley Staines

I love hearing about all the exciting ideas Fellows have to change the world; helping them to grow is a vital part of the RSA's work.

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Kimberley Staines

Engagement Manager

fellow-led projects


24th May 2016

As the global population continues to grow, sustainable food sources and ways to offset the environmental impact of more people will be critical. Spirulina can do both, and Energaia is on a mission to provide it.