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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 by

2019 - Round 1

30th January 

18th April 

2019 – Round 2

9th May

24th July

2019 – Round 3

25th September

10th December

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


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 6831.

Who is in the team?

Eleanor Machon

Eleanor Machon

Fellowship Services Coordinator


Kimberley Staines

Kimberley Staines

Engagement Manager


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