Grow It

This year we’ve seen a very high number and standard of applications from social ventures, particularly in England. As a result we have reached our capacity to support social entrepreneurs in this financial year. We are therefore not currently accepting Try It, Do It or Grow It applications in England.

Applications for these awards will reopen on Monday 1st April 2019.  

We are still open for applications if:

We look forward to receiving your future application. In the mean-time we have a number of online resources available in our learning area and run many free events for social entrepreneurs which we’d encourage you to attend.


The Grow It award is for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable.. 

You are running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives. You have compelling evidence of your impact. You might want to continue to grow to acheive your ambitious, or want further support to make sure your idea is financially sustainable.

This award is designed to help you to get to the next stage. It gives you up to £15,000 to help you grow, as well as expert, tailored advice to help you to achieve your ambitions. Alongside the funding, you get a unique package of support including one-to-one coaching from a dedicated award manager (one of out local experts in supporting social entrepreneurs), training, mentoring and access to networks of other passionate people doing good.

What you get 

  • 12 months mentoring and tailored support from an award manager, providing advice on operations and governance, to replication and growth strategies
  • £15,000 award to grow your venture, which can include personal expenses to allow you to work full time on your venture
  • Expert advice including access to workshops and masterclasses
  • Connections to investors, corporate partners and other successful entrepreneurs, helping you to develop your networks

Are you a social entrepreneur ready to grow your impact?

About you:

  • You have identified a social issue and developed a business model that works to solve it
  • You are committed to, and have a track record of, delivering local, regional or national social impact at scale
  • You are experienced, ambitious and capable of growing your venture
  • You have a realistic growth plan
  • You are committed to working full time in your social venture

About your venture:

  • Your venture is at least one year old and ideally less than five years old
  • Your venture is dynamic and ready to grow to local, regional or national scale and has a logical and appropriate plan to deliver this
  • You have a compelling performance to date and/or a logical and appropriate plan for rapid growth to reach local, regional or national scale
  • Your principal objective for the year ahead is not to secure (significant) investment
  • Your venture targets beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK

Important information

Over the next three years UnLtd has committed to three focus areas where we believe social entrepreneurs can make a big impact. If your venture is working within one of these focus areas, your award application is more likely to be successful.

UnLtd’s core awards are funded by the Millennium Awards Trust and are open to enterprising people tackling any social issue. Please note that the application process is competitive and we are currently able to fund less than half of those who apply for awards that are outside one of our focus areas.  

Criteria

UnLtd supports those who are:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Reside in the United Kingdom
  • Willing to participate in a learning experience
  • Working to benefit people living in the United Kingdom

UnLtd cannot support concepts and ventures that:

  • Are part of your paid employment where you are an employee
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Are mainly for yourself and/or others to achieve academic qualifications

Sound like you?

You can submit an expression of interest using the button below. At this stage we’ll ask you to tell us a few ideas about yourself, the problem you’re trying to tackle, and your idea to achieve this. Please note, Grow it applications are currently paused:

Summer

Expressions of Interest received on or before: 1 Aug 2018

Final submission date for application documents: 30 Aug 2018

Final decision meeting week commencing: 29 Oct 2018

Autumn

Expressions of Interest received on or before: 12 Nov 2018

Final submission date for application documents: 7 Jan 2019

Final decision meeting week commencing: 25 Feb 2019

Applications are currently paused

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