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RSA Catalyst programme

The Catalyst Grant is available to Fellow-led projects that align with the RSA’s key themes, and offers help to utilise the expertise within the Fellowship to make your project a success. The Grant aims to catalyse your ideas into scalable projects of innovative social change, to make long-term impact.


How does Catalyst work? 

  • There are two grants on offer: £2,000 Seed Grant, and £10,000 Scaling Grant. We open for applications three times each year.
  • Applications are reviewed by two panels: one of internal RSA staff, and an external panel of Fellowship Councillors.
  • Successful projects will receive the grant funding and be supported by a dedicated staff member.


Deadline for applications

Decisions communicated to applicants

2018 - Round 1

22nd January 

13th April 

2018 – Round 2

1st May

19th July

2018 – Round 3

18th September

26th November

Is my project eligible?

Is my project eligible?

Before applying, read through our Catalyst criteria to check your eligibility and to ensure your final application closely aligns with the purpose of the Grant.

Seed Grants of £2,000

Seed Grants of £2,000

These grants are for new projects that are in their early stages, and in need of a financial boost to help them develop into a sustainable project which will deliver impact.

Scaling Grants of £10,000

Scaling Grants of £10,000

These grants are for exceptional projects that have clearly demonstrated their proof of concept and are ready to scale up. We offer a limited number of £10,000 grants and will award to the projects where we feel our grant will have the greatest impact.

Practise your answers

It isn’t possible to save your Catalyst applications as you go, so we recommend drafting and securely saving your answers to the application questions before submitting your application.


£2k Seed Grants

Apply here

£10K Scaling Grant


Blogs by catalyst recipients

You can read more blogs by Catalyst Grant recipients, past and present, here


If you have a specific question that hasn't been addressed here please see our FAQs for further information. The RSA’s Catalyst Grant Programme is managed by the Engagement and Services Teams in the Fellowship Department, who you can contact directly with any questions about the Catalyst application and grant administration process.

Send a message to the team using, or call us on +44 (0)20 7451 6827.

Who is in the team?

Amy Butterworth

Amy Butterworth

Engagement Manager for Catalyst and Crowdfunding


Melanie Hartley

Melanie Hartley

Deputy Head of Fellowship Services


Eleanor Machon

Eleanor Machon

Fellowship Services Coordinator


Charlotte Eisenhart

Charlotte Eisenhart

Head of Engagement


If you would like to get in touch regarding Catalyst, you can email