Inclusive Recovery Fund

The Inclusive Recovery Fund

As of Friday 13th November, applications are now closed. If you have completed your core application questions, you will receive a link to the second part of the application, to be completed and returned by 10am on Monday 16th November. These supplementary questions can also be found by logging back into the portal, or by downloading the Word version of the questions below. Please be aware that no support will be available over the weekend.

Please ensure you upload your answers to the supplementary questions by 10am on Monday 16th November. 

The Inclusive Recovery Fund was a £4.75 million fund to help social entrepreneurs in England, designed to help social entrepreneurs deliver their important services and grow their impact while adapting to the challenges the Coronavirus crisis has presented. 

The fund offered grants between £10,000 and £500,000 to asset or mission-locked ventures, with an emphasis on ventures with ideas to accelerate their growth, build resilience and create a deep and lasting impact. 

It aimed in particular to support leaders with lived experience. Leaders with direct first-hand experience of the social problems, who are activating these experiences to inform, shape and lead their social ventures to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with.

  • New emerging opportunities to grow impact (for example, services that have emerged during the pandemic)
  • Projects or infrastructure that will benefit social enterprises’ future resilience, recovery and growth
  • Existing services, projects or models that are performing well, with the potential to accelerate growth and impact.

In recognition of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on these communities, UnLtd particularly encouraged applications from social entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background, and disabled people. UnLtd aimed for 50% of the funding to reach these typically underrepresented groups.



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We looked for ventures with ideas to create deep and lasting impact, build resilience and accelerate their growth.

The key eligibility for the Inclusive Recovery Fund:

  • England-only
  • An incorporated social purpose organisation
  • Substantially reliant on trading income
  • Annual income between £20,000 and £2.5M


The applications were assessed on these principles:

  • Long-term social impact
  • Impact during the crisis
  • Resilience
  • Inclusion
  • Financial need

For a full understanding of the eligibility, assessment principles, and what can and cannot be funded, please read this document.

Please read the FAQs further down the page.

Key Information

How to Apply

To distribute funds as soon as possible, we limited the window of opportunity to receive applications.

Key Dates:

Opening: Tuesday 3rd November 

Closing: 5pm, Friday the 13th of November

Please note that the application must be completed by or on behalf of the Founder/CEO. The application also has two parts - ensure you have ample time to finish both by the deadline.

To apply, visit the application portal* and ensure you select ‘Inclusive Recovery Fund’ only. The application portal is here: 

Financial Documents

For your application, we require supporting financial documents. It is our strong preference that applicants supply this information on the excel templates we have provided.

If you are a venture applying for less than £50,000, we hosted a webinar to help you prepare the financial elements of your application. This webinar was recorded, and available to watch below.

Getting to grips with the finances for the Inclusive Recovery Fund

To avoid any unnecessary delays to your application, please use the document checklist in the guidance section to ensure all required supporting evidence is submitted.

Pre-application Support

To support you through this application, we’ve put together the following resources:
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Application Download

The application form is available here for you to download and prepare from in advance. Please download the correct document for the age of your venture. These documents are for reference only, and you will still need to submit your application through the portal at between the 3rd and 13th of November. 

Ventures under 12 months old (PDF)

Ventures over 12 months old (Word doc)

Ventures over 12 months old (PDF)

Ventures over 12 months old (Word doc)

Frequently Asked Questions

This document includes further guidance on the fund and how to apply.

If you have further questions not covered in this document, please email

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You can also watch our guidance video which leads you through the application, too:



About the Fund

The Inclusive Recovery Fund was a partnership between UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, and Comic Relief, announced in the autumn as part of a £10 million matched funding bid. It was supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the Government's £750 million support package for charities. Longer-term, social entrepreneurs are likely to need significant ongoing support to face the challenges of a post-COVID future, so this partnership will allow UnLtd to develop an inclusive, ongoing support offer that will help social entrepreneurs to build their resilience post this fund and long into the years to come.


Other Funding Opportunities

If the Inclusive Recovery Fund isn't right for you, we encourage you to continue to seek out other funding opportunities.

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