How do I apply?

The application form can be found at www.socialenterprise.umip.com/apply-now/
Please submit your completed application form via email to socialenterprise@umip.com 

Can a Social Enterprise Ignition Award pay for salary costs?

No. Awards are solely for project costs.

Can a Social Enterprise Ignition Award pay for course fees and bursaries?

No. Awards are made to individuals for projects that address identified social problems.

Can I apply for funding to develop the curriculum?

We are not able to support course or curriculum development.

Can I apply for more than one Award?

You can submit applications for more than one idea however, you can only receive a Social Enterprise Ignition Award once.

Can I look for funding from other sources while applying for this Award?

Yes, we do not have any funding restrictions in place with regards to other funding feeding into your project.

Can I apply on my own?

Yes, we encourage individuals to apply. However, remember to think about what kind of support you might need from other people to run the activities of your project.
Please note external individuals are not eligible to apply individually but can enter as part of a group.

Can I apply as part of a group?

Yes, all you need to do is select one of the group members to be the ‘lead individual’ on the Application form. This is the person who will act as the main contact and who will receive the Award payment.

One of our group members is not working at my University, is this ok?

At least 50% of the team must consist of staff, academics or research students at The University of Manchester or be recent graduates of the University (graduated within 2 years). Other members of the team that do not fall within this criteria can still be involved in the delivery but would not be eligible to apply in their own right.

Do you fund existing businesses?

No. If you are already an established business or a registered group you are not eligible for a Social Enterprise Ignition Award. If you are in the early stages of development you may apply.

If my application is not successful, can I re-apply?

Yes. If you are unsuccessful we would encourage you seek feedback from the team and reapply in the future

I would like to apply for funding but the beneficiaries of the project are not based in the UK, is this ok?

The project would need to have the majority benefit for people in the UK. We have funded projects that indirectly benefit people in other countries but they should primarily benefit UK residents.

Does the project have to be directly related to a staff member’s area of study?

No, it doesn’t need to be related to their area of academic study.


All information included in the applications will be kept confidential and will only be used for purposes of internal assessment.