Grants

Student groups can apply for up to a total of £1500 of Students’ Union grant funding this academic year, to supplement other sources of income such as membership fees and sponsorship.

Applying for a grant

To apply for a Students’ Union grant you will need to complete the application form online along with budgets and any other evidence, by the deadline for the type of grant you are applying for. To be considered for funding all grant applications require:

  • An annual budget for your group. 
  • At least one exec member must have attended finance training run by the Students’ Union.
  • Evidence of event planning (including budgets) when applying for activities.

Please read the Grant Allocations Regulations to ensure that you understand what grants can be used to fund, and for advice on completing your application. New societies can only apply for a start-up grant within their first three months after ratification (we are not including August-November 2020 in this as the grants were not available). Grant funding is not guaranteed and groups should ensure their applications comply with the Student Group Grant Allocation Regulations and are well evidenced.

If you have any questions about completing your application please contact dsu.engagement@durham.ac.uk.

Types of grant

Select your type of grant below to find out more.

Designed to help transition student group activity online. This funding could be spent for example on:

A)Subscriptions to online platforms not provided for free by the University already.

B)Virtual Guest Speaker Events.

C)Investment in the group’s external website and social media channels.

D)Access to online resources and platforms that will benefit all your members.

This fund is designed to help groups struggling from the financial impact of Covid 19 to undertake necessary action to enable their society to undertake its activities. Groups would need to have balance of less than £2000 to be able to apply for this fund or be able to demonstrate significant financial losses due to Covid 19 that mean their account will drop below this figure before year end. Spending would be on non-digital assets and projects such as:

A)Resolving legal issues

B) Supplies for Covid secure in person events not provided by the University essential store

C)Undertaking campaigning activities that are paramount to students’ interests

The Associations can apply for up to £500 from a fund designated to these groups. The application process is the same as for the grants above.

New student groups may apply for a start-up-grant of up to £100 to assist with establishing their new group, within the first three months of their ratification. During this time new societies should not apply for any other type of grant.

Application deadlines

Speacial Covid Fund & Digital Support Fund - 10th January 2021

Both of these grants can be applied for anytime throughout the academic year. The Governance and Grants Committee will meet on a monthly basis to go through any grant applications and if you've sent in your acpplication more than two weeks before their meeting then it will be discussed otherwise it will go to the one the month after. Once they have discussed the grant applications, we will get back to you with an outcome. 

Start-up grants

3 months from ratification

Applicants hear back: 1-2 weeks after application received (term-time).

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