Transforming employment for disabled people

Backing enterprising people with ambitions to improve the job market

Unemployment has been steadily falling in the UK, yet not everyone who wants to work can gain appropriate, meaningful work. According to Scope, disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.

We know that people have enterprising ideas to change this and transform employment for disabled people. We have partnered with Scope, to back social entrepreneurs across the UK with support to start and grow their ideas, projects or ventures.

How can we support you?

We’re offering you two levels of support, our Do It awards for those starting up and our Grow It awards for those looking to expand their impact.

Do It awards offer up to £5,000 of funding, alongside a tailored package of support so that you can create a social venture to tackle any social problem you’re passionate about fixing.

For those at the right stage, Grow It awards offer up to £15,000 of funding, also alongside a tailored package of support to help your social venture grow to the next level.

To help you take the next step in your journey, we work with you to grow your plans and access the help you need from people who provide specialist support.
We work with a range of specialist advisors to help you tackle difficult challenges. This could include things like legal advice, financial planning or human resource issues.
We work with social entrepreneurs like you to secure resources (including finance) that will allow you to test new ideas, increase the impact of your venture and grow as an individual.
To be eligible your idea must:
  • Have a real social impact
  • Be focused on improving employment or employability outcomes for disabled people
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Have clear outputs and goals
  • Provide a learning experience or opportunity
  • Beneficiaries must be UK based
We support individuals working to increase access to employment operating with any of the following:
  • School leavers and apprenticeships
  • Higher and further education
  • Unemployment and underemployment
  • Supporting those distant from the labour market
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
  • Are to fund living expenses
Submit an expression of interest
To start your application please submit an expression of interest.
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. Below are the key dates for 2018:
Expressions of interest received on or before: Final submission date for application documents: Final decision meeting week commencing:
1st August 2018 30th August 2018 29th October 2018