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UK Social Entrepreneur Development Programme Accepting Applications

15 April 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UnLtd, a charity that promotes social entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom, is inviting applications to its programme of funding and support for social entrepreneurs to help them nurture their social ventures and grow their impact.

Applications will be accepted from social entrepreneurs aged 16 and over who are living in the UK. To be eligible for support, the social entrepreneur must:

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

The social venture must:

  • Be at least one year old and ideally less than five years old.
  • Be dynamic and ready to grow to local, regional or national scale and have a logical and appropriate plan to deliver this.
  • Have a compelling performance to date and/or a logical and appropriate plan for rapid growth to reach local, regional or national scale.
  • Not solely exist to secure investment in the year ahead.
  • Target beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK.

Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available to support start-up ventures, and grants of up to £15,000 to help established ventures grow and increase their impact.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

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