GROW It with an UnLtd Award of £15,000

UnLtd - The Foundation of Social Entrepreneurs

UnLtd - The Foundation of Social Entrepreneurs


The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash. 

About you:

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

About your venture:

  • Your venture is ideally less than 5 years old
  • Your venture is dynamic and has been running for at least one year
  • Your venture is 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 principle objective for the year ahead is not to secure (significant) investment
  • Your venture targets beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK

What we offer:

  • 12 months mentoring and tailored support from an Award Manager, providing advice on operations and governance to replication and growth strategies
  • £15K 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 master classes
  • Connections including to investors, corporate partners and other successful entrepreneurs, helping you develop your networks

Award Criteria:

  • We support individuals who are:
  • Aged 16 or over and living in the UK
  • Not part of an established organisation

Ideas and ventures are not eligible for an Award if they:

  • Are part of your paid employment
  • 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 people to achieve academic qualifications

Next steps:

Throughout the year we have opportunities for social entrepreneurs to apply to UnLtd for an Award. You can submit an Expression of Interest at any time. Should your Expression of Interest pass our initial assessment you will be sent further application documents to complete along with a detailed breakdown of the application process.

To apply for a Grow It Award please go to and complete an Expression of Interest.

The key dates for 2018 are:

Next Expression of Interest deadline: 27th March 2018

Final submission dates for full applications: 24th April 2018

Final decision meeting week commencing: 25th June 2018

To find out more about our other awards please go to or contact Nuala Smyth, Northern Ireland Manager on [email protected] 

Last updated 5 years 4 months ago

Closing Date

Tuesday / 27 March 2018 11:59pm


City East Business Centre
Room 112
United Kingdom

Contact Details

Nuala Smyth