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RSA Catalyst programme

Following the launch of the fast-tracked Catalyst Award round for Fellows’ projects responding to Covid-19 and its effects, the Catalyst Awards are taking a break from receiving applications while we focus on our currently supported projects and adjust to team changes.

The next round of Catalyst Award funding is anticipated to take place before the end of the year. Updates will be shared via this page and the Fellowship newsletter.

For all active projects, the RSA is a signatory to the Covid19Funders statement, standing with the sector to support grant recipients in these changing circumstances.

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.

RSA catalyst Blogs

Who is in the team?

Eleanor Machon

Eleanor Machon

Fellowship Services Coordinator


Vanessa Woo

Vanessa Woo

Fellowship Administrator


Kimberley Staines

Kimberley Staines

Catalyst Fund Programme Manager (on family leave)


Any questions? Email, or call us on +44 (0)207 451 6895.