The Social Enterprise Competition 2013/14 is open to all University of Manchester academics and staff from across all faculties and subject areas.

Awardees must be:

  • an academic or staff member from The University of Manchester
  • living in the UK for the duration of the project
  • who are individuals or part of an informal group*

Projects must:

    • benefit the public or a community in the UK
    • demonstrate a connection to the Higher Education Sector
    • need a HE Social Entrepreneurship Award to ensure their success
    • offer a learning opportunity for the applicant(s)
    • be a new initiative – not a continuation of ongoing operations
    • not be part of the applicant’s paid employment
    • be an entrepreneurial solution to a social problem
    • instigate social impact or social change
    • not be for activities outside the law, against public policy or anything that fosters ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony

*Existing organisations, groups or those with a constitution will not be eligible to apply for an Award

Allowable Expenses:

  • Insurance
  • Relevant equipment
  • Venue hire
  • Advertising & publicity
  • Printing
  • Equipment hire
  • Materials
  • Volunteer expenses
  • UK Travel & subsistence
  • Mentoring & support
  • Some capital costs and overheads, i.e. rent, utilities
  • IT equipment
  • Purchase of land
  • Company formation
  • Registration fees

Non-allowable Expenses:

  • Formal academic qualifications, tuition fees and bursaries
  • Development of academic courses or curriculum
  • Funding of places on programmes, e.g. Raleigh International or Common Purpose
  • Training – unless it is in support of the project (this is at the funder’s discretion)
  • Top-up funding for an existing project
  • Payment for loss of earnings, professional fees or other costs leading to personal financial gain
  • Payments to contractors or third parties. Funds may be used to employ others where it is integral to the project and the applicant retains primary responsibility