Closing the Disability Employment Gap

Backing enterprising people with ambitions to improve the job market

Unemployment has been steadily falling in the UK, yet not everyone who wants to work can gain appropriate, meaningful work. According to Scope, disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. They face multiple disadvantages into work and can then experience discrimination in the workplace.

We know that people have enterprising ideas to change this and transform employment for disabled people. We have partnered with Scope, to back social entrepreneurs across the UK with support to start and grow their ideas, projects or ventures.

How can we support you?

This programme is no longer accepting award applications. We currently have funding and support opportunities for:

  • Social entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales 
    Our boosted core awards programme is open for ideas at any stage.  
  • Social entrepreneurs working on products and services to improve quality of life for older adults
    You can apply for Thrive, our social accelerator, or for early stage funding and support.
  • Social entrepreneurs with ideas for community impact
    We're accepting award applications for projects in Brighton, Dundee, South Wales Valleys, North Staffs, or from one of these 19 Big Local Areas. 

All applications are made through our application portal, and you can learn more about our support offer here.

New funding opportunities will be opening up in Autumn 2020 for England-based social entrepreneurs, so watch this space. We are committed to 50% of our awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across all of our funding programmes.

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Other support

If you're social idea doesn't specifically transform the job market for disabled people we can still help you. We provide three levels of early stage support, designed to match your growth as a social entrepreneur. Many of the people we support progress through different stages of awards as their venture grows. 

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