Funding

We combine funding and support to help you to get started or grow. Depending on your stage of development we can offer up to £18,000. We recommend you check the eligibility criteria closely to ensure you are eligible as our awards are competitive.

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Starting up

You have an idea or have started to make a difference to people's lives, your community, or have ambitions to create change at a national level.

Up to

£8,000

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Scaling up

You are already running a social venture that is making a positive difference and you have compelling evidence of your impact.

Up to

£18,000

Support

Accessing our support to become a social leader. Get advice, guidance and the expertise needed to build on the foundations of your social venture and grow your impact.

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Dedicated support manager

Someone to coach, mentor and support you to achieve your goals.

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Expert mentors and pro bono support

Expert advice and mentoring through our generous community of business professionals, corporate partners and social entrepreneurs who volunteer their skills and expertise.

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Workshops and learning

Through our regular workshops and support you will be able to learn about different aspects of running a social venture.

Our focus areas

In addition to our Awards, we have two focus areas where we think social entrepreneurs can make a big difference. We have dedicated teams and specialist support available to social entrepreneurs with ideas to help people in these areas.

Over the next five years we want to improve the health and wellbeing of 135,000 marginalised older adults in the UK, and reduce health inequalities.

You have a business idea aimed at helping people into good jobs and meaningful employment, particularly those who are currently denied those opportunities.

Eligibility

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Social entrepreneur

ELIGIBLE

  • Are 16+ years old.
  • Living in the UK.
  • The founder of the social venture.

NOT ELIGIBLE

  • Looking for funding for a one-off or short-term project where there is limited potential for a sustained and longer-term impact.
  • Requests for support which are predominately for the individual to undertake academic qualifications or overseas travel.
  • Individuals who plan to employ others to undertake most of the work on their behalf.
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Social venture

ELIGIBLE

  • Has the potential to be a financially sustainable social venture or real prospects to grow with our support.
  • Can demonstrate a clear need for your idea or social venture.
  • Is clearly driven by its social purpose.
  • Needs our financial and non-financial support to make it happen.

NOT ELIGIBLE

  • Is predominantly focused on having an impact on people or places outside the UK.
  • Incorporated for over four years at the time of application (Companies House or Charity Commission registration).
  • Had a turnover of over £250,000 in their last financial year.
  • Involves political or religious campaigning.
  • Involves activities outside of the law, against public policy or anything which encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony.
  • Social ventures whose focus is predominantly on raising awareness of social issues.

How to apply for Awards

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Submit your application

We recommend getting your application in early so that we have time to ensure we have everything we need to assess it.

Application dates

Applications accepted from Applications accepted until Applications assessed between Decision week commencing
Rounds
1 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2023 Jan 2024 - Mar 2024 25 Mar 2024
1 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 Apr 2024 - Jun 2024 24 Jun 2024
1 Apr 2024 30 Jun 2024 Jul 2024 - Sep 2024 23 Sep 2024
1 Jul 2024 30 Sep 2024 Oct 2024 - Dec 2024 9 Dec 2024

Have a question about applying or about your Award that our Awards FAQ page does not answer? Send an email to awardapplications@unltd.org.uk

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Initial checks

Once received we will check your application meets our eligibility criteria.

All applications are also subject to our robust safeguarding policies arrow_forward .

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Support manager assessment

If the application meets our eligibility criteria, our team will then review the application based on impact, inclusion and sustainability.

4

Peer review

Applications which show potential will be discussed alongside others at peer review to progress those with the most potential to meet our panel.

5

Panel stage

Here you will have the opportunity to discuss your application with a panel made up of staff and other social entrepreneurs.

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Result

A recommendation is made to our Awards Committee (a group of our trustees which also includes social entrepreneurs) who make the final decision on your application. You will be informed of the outcome of your application.

Our partners and funders

The organisations which make Awards funding and support possible.

Millenium Awards Trust logo Comic Relief logo Johnson & Johnson logo UKRI logo Welsh Government

New Partner

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Sport England

We have partnered with Sport England to launch Movement for Change, funding and support for social entrepreneurs in England helping to get people moving as often as possible.

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Equity, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to using our resources to drive change. At least 50% of our Awards will support social entrepreneurs who come from a disabled and/or Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

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