Groundwork is working in partnership with Pizza Hut and Hatch Enterprise to deliver grant funding to graduates of the New Founder Launchpad and Incubator Programmes.

Graduates of the New Founder Launchpad programme can apply for a grant of up to £1,000, and graduates of the New Founder Incubator programme can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to help them grow their businesses. This could include exploring new markets, increasing trading, building capacity or measuring impact.

Successful applicants will be selected based on the impact of the funding on their businesses, and the social and environmental impacts of the project.

Who is eligible?

You must have graduated from either the Launchpad or Incubator programme delivered through Hatch to be eligible for a grant. You can apply if you are a:

  • Sole trader or unincorporated business
  • Company limited by shares or guarantee (including CICs)
  • Limited Partnership
  • Charity (including CIOs) or Charitable Trust
  • Constituted not-for-profit group
  • Co-operative Society
  • Trust or Community Benefit Society

Grants are available to founders from under-represented groups, including:

  • Founder from Black or minoritised ethnic background (includes Gypsies, Travellers and Roma)
  • Female or other marginalised gender founder
  • Young founder (under 30)
  • Founder with a disability (includes physical, mental health, ‘hidden’ and learning disabilities)
  • LGBTQIA+ founder
  • Low income founder
  • Unemployed founder
  • Founder from a location with a high Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • Founder who is experiencing or has experienced homelessness
  • Founder who is or has been a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker
  • Other under-represented group

Applications are now open and will close on Monday 5 September 2022. Please read the application guidance carefully before applying.

The next window for grant applications will open in July 2023.



If you have any questions about the programme or the application process please contact Groundwork at

The New Founder Programme is delivered by Hatch, funded by Pizza Hut/Yum! Foundation and grants are administered by Groundwork UK. The New Founder Programme will help hundreds of budding entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds start and grow their businesses. Entrepreneurs will learn the skills they need to grow their business ambitions into sustainable enterprises that have a positive, lasting impact on their communities.

Learn more or apply for the Launchpad or Incubator programme delivered through Hatch, by visiting the New Founder Programme website.

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