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Catalyst Criteria

 Projects should demonstrate the following:

 

1-2k applications

  • Project Lead must be an RSA Fellow.
  • Project must be in need of a financial boost to help it develop into a sustainable project.
  • Project should align with one of the three key themes (for 1-2k project we will accept excellent applications that seem to sit outside these).
  • Project must offer a new solution to a pressing societal problem.
  • Project must have the potential to achieve measurable social impact, even if this has not yet been tested and the grant is to help gather evidence for its positive impact.

 

10k applications

  • Project Lead must be an RSA Fellow.
  • Project must be structured/governed in a specific way (charity/CIC/alternative governance structure) – this is currently looked after by a member of the Catalyst admin team, but will form part of the application process in the future, so you do not need to worry about this at this stage.
  • Project must be established and have proof of concept (idea should have been tested and there should be documented evidence that its potential product or service can be successful)
  • Aligned to wider strategy for project growth (A strategy for growth should include a clearly identified market, reasons why this audience will purchase a service or product, and an understanding of the activities required to take the project to the next stage.)
  • Project should align with one of the three key themes
  • There should already be evidence that the project has been tested and should have a positive social impact. For 10k projects, the project should aim to increase its positive social impact.
  • The project should be sustainable and should be able to continue past the duration of the Catalyst grant. 

 

What we will and won't fund

Catalyst funding is for items or activities that are critical for testing or growing projects. Catalyst grants are not aimed at projects seeking to cover general day-to-day operating costs.

1-2k applications

RSA Catalyst will fund:

RSA Catalyst won't fund:

Costs associated with enabling you to test your idea or hypothesis

Costs associated with an ongoing project or programme.

One-off expert costs required to test your idea, for example a designer or someone to evaluate your project.

Travel expenses(unless there are exceptional circumstances and they are integral to testing the idea)

Costs associated with development of resources, such as toolkits, videos, & MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course).

Website Development (unless critical to the testing of the idea)

Event costs associated to trialling your idea

Equipment (unless integral to testing the idea)

 

Salaries (up to 50%) (must be directly relevant to the project)

 

Continuing venue hire

 

Films will not be funded. Projects that use film to achieve social change will be considered if there is a life for the project beyond the screening of the film

An individual

Private limited company

A charity registered with the Charity Commission

 

A Community Interest Company (A company which is set up with a clause that means it exists to benefit a community and not private shareholders)

An alternative governance structure to those above, but which is set up with a clause that means it exists to benefit a community and not private shareholders (e.g. a company limited by guarantee, or a limited company that has articles of association)

 

 


10k Applications

RSA Catalyst will fund:

RSA Catalyst won't fund:

Development costs to grow an idea, for example replication, scaling, or franchising.

Travel expenses (unless there are exceptional circumstances and they are integral to testing the idea)

Expertise associated to growing / scaling an idea (legal advice, governance, leadership)

Website Development (unless critical to the testing of the idea)

Costs associated with development of resources, such as toolkits, videos, and MOOCS.

Costs associated with an ongoing project or programme.

 

Equipment (unless integral to testing the idea)

Continuing venue hire

Films will not be funded. Projects that use film to achieve social change will be considered if there is a life for the project beyond the screening of the film.

 

Salaries (up to 50%) (must be directly relevant to the project

A charity registered with the Charity Commission

An individual

 

A Community Interest Company (A company which is set up with a clause that means it exists to benefit a community and not private shareholders)

 

Private limited company

 

An alternative governance structure to those above, but which is set up with a clause that means it exists to benefit a community and not private shareholders (e.g. a company limited by guarantee, or a limited company that has articles of association)