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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 types of grant on offer: the £2,000 Seed Award, and the £10,000 Scaling Award. We open for applications three times a year and award a total of £100,000 annually.
  • Applications are reviewed against our Catalyst Award criteria by two panels: one panel of RSA staff, and one panel of Fellowship Councillors.
  • Successful projects will receive the funding and be supported by the Catalyst grant team.


Deadline for applications

Decisions communicated by

2019 - Round 3

25th September 2019


10th December 2019

2020 – Round 1

29 January 2020 (17:00 GMT)

16 April 2020



                                                                                     Dates for 2020 Rounds 2 and 3 will be posted in late March



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 Awards are for projects that are in their early stages, and in need of a financial boost to help them develop into a sustainable project with the potential to deliver measurable social impact. The £2,000 grant is intended to provide applicants with an opportunity to trial or test a new or innovative idea for positive social change, with a view to evaluating their project and actively collecting evidence of proof of concept.

Scaling Grants of £10,000

Scaling Awards help projects that have clearly demonstrated their proof of concept to scale and grow, moving them on to the next level. The £10,000 grant is intended to be the next step in helping projects truly catalyse, become sustainable and/or replicate. Applicants should aim to increase their positive social impact and to have plans in place to measure impact and evaluate the work of the project. We prioritise applications where RSA funding is integral to the aim of the application.

Blogs by catalyst recipients

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

Who is in the team?

Eleanor Machon

Eleanor Machon

Fellowship Services Coordinator


Kimberley Staines

Kimberley Staines

Engagement Manager


Any questions? Email, or call us on +44 (0)20 7451 6939.