UnLtd and Scope join forces to close the disability employment gap — grants of up to £15,000 available for social businesses

UnLtd and Scope are in partnership to award grants of up to £15,000 for entrepreneurs who wish to start or grow social businesses focused explicitly on addressing the disability employment gap — in other words improving access to employment for people with a disability or impairment.

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

UnLtd says it knows that people have enterprising ideas to change this and transform employment for disabled people and so has partnered with Scope to back social entrepreneurs across the UK with support to start and grow their ideas, projects or ventures.

UnLtd is now accepting expressions of interest for Scope early stage awards from social entrepreneurs who are working to close the disability employment gap. 

The deadline for expressions of interest for this programme is 19th July 2019

In using the term ‘disabled’, UnLtd says it takes the Equality Act 2010 as a reference. This defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. ‘Long-term’ is defined as lasting or expecting to last for at least 12 months.

The programme is seeking social entrepreneurs who are set up to address the disability employment gap, in other words improving access to employment. For example, ventures that offer:

  • Employment
  • Training & skills
  • Purposeful vocational education
  • Work experience
  • Intermediary service (e.g. recruitment)
  • Pathways to employment
  • Culture or behaviour change within other employers, etc
  • Do Its (up to £5,000) & Grow Its (£15,000)


The programme is especially keen on applications from disabled led organisations.

More about the programme — PDF.

More information and submission of EOIs.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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