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.
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.
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. Below are the key dates for 2017/2018:
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
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
We accept applications from social entrepreneurs providing solutions to any issues. We also have areas that we are focusing on. We encourage social entrepreneurs tackling these focus areas to apply.
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"It’s not just that we raised money, it’s that we raised the right money from the right people. That took a long time and we went down some dead avenues. I’m really pleased with the money we did raise, and the people we raised it. It’s meant that we haven’t had to compromise what we wanted to do but we’re able to do it"
"Yes, oh my god. Both the Grow It and the Big Venture Challenge have been fundamental in helping us to grow...working with an award manager was incredibly helpful. He really understood how startups work and how businesses work. UnLtd has been crucial"
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