Grow It

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
  • Up to £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

We currently have funding and support opportunities for:

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

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.


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?

Our Grow It Award is now open for applications. Click the link below to apply. 


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