Rethinking Public Dialogue FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

We are anticipating public engagement practitioners, and experts in technology, design, creative arts, entertainment, communications, and digital to be a good match for this fund, but welcome other types of organisations.

We also require that the lead organisation in the application be registered in the UK, but we are open to consortia or partnerships which involve organisations in other countries.

We can only award funding to organisations that are registered with the relevant body (e.g. Companies House or the Charity Commission):

  • Non-profits/charitable organisations (including local authorities and universities)
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Companies limited by guarantee or shares (who understand and are happy with the implications of grant funding).
  • We will consider other governance structures on a case-by-case basis.

When will we find out if we have been successful?

Applications with successful expressions of interest will be notified by 14 July 2022, and invited to submit a full application by 4 August. Successful pilots will then be announced on 26 August.

Do you offer support to applicants with accessibility needs?

We can offer the application form as a Word document and will consider additional accessibility requests on a case-by-case basis. Where possible, we will do our utmost to meet them.

If you have specific needs, please contact the Public Dialogue team as soon as possible so that we can consider what adjustments to make.

What happens if our project is successful?

You will need to join a mandatory kick-off workshop on 8 September. Please ensure your team can attend this date before you make an application.

Throughout pilot delivery the RSA will work closely with successful projects to capture, embed and share learning and evidence emerging from their new approaches. This will include structure learning spaces for pilots, both as individual pilots and as a cohort.

What if our project changes?

The RSA will be your point of contact throughout your grant, and you should inform us of any changes to your project.

The RSA will remain in close conversation with all pilots to ensure they are on track to deliver activities outlined in their proposals and understand any additional needs as they arise.

Is there a deadline for when I should spend the funding?

Pilots must be delivered within, at most, a nine-month period, from September 2022 to June 2023.

What can the budget be used for?

The budget should be used exclusively for the delivery of the project for which you are awarded the grant.

Grantees should keep separate accounts and up to date records of the receipt and expenditure of the grant.

Can I get feedback for my application either before or after submitting it?

We are able to answer specific questions about the application process and the scope of the fund via [email protected], but cannot provide feedback on applications.

Can I send additional information to support my application?

No, please include all essential information in the application form.