Society Funding

Piggy bank


The Students’ Union has a pot of money to invest into societies every year.


Usually there are two opportunities for societies to apply for funding each year. Due to Coronavirus and the fact that memberships are free this year, we are allocating funding as and when you need it to run an event or do an activity. You will still have to complete the Society Funding Application Form or Academic Society Funding form and send it in. There is still an upper limit of £500 per society across the year (though this is not an entitlement). You can find all the ins and outs of Society Funding below.


Who can apply?


The student groups eligible for the Society Funding are Societies and Trident Media.


The Students' Union will only accept applications from societies who have met the following criteria:

a. The society's committee must have completed Committee Training and must have returned their Society's Constitution

b. The society must have a minimum of fifteen members unless applying solely for the Development Category.


What can you apply for?


Societies can apply for a value of up to £500 each academic year. No society will be allocated funding that exceeds this limit. Please remember that this money is not guaranteed, it is simply the upper limit of what you are allowed to apply for.


There are three funding categories that the Society Funding is centred around. Applications must fit into at least one of the following categories:


1. Community
This is anything that improves the sense of community within the society or around the University.

This might be t-shirts or hoodies to give your society more of an identity.

2. Development
This is anything that could help increase your society's memberships.

This might be promotional materials, a publicity campaign or an event to attract a wide range of students.

3. Experience
This is anything that will enhance the experience for members of your society.

This might be events, trips or new equipment for your members to benefit from.


What can't you apply for?


Society Funding cannot be issued for the following items:

  • Alcohol • Committee specific items • Fundraising • Personal purchases • Personnel • Unsustainable items


How do you apply?

To apply for Society Funding, societies must complete the Society Funding Application Form and submit it by the given deadline. Funding will not be awarded if the form is not filled in properly. Please use full sentences and lots of examples to make your application stand out and be taken seriously. Please email your completed Society Funding Application to a Student Activities Coordinator.


The application form must be signed by the Chair and Treasurer of the society. We will accept the signature of the Team Leader for Student-Led Projects.


How is the funding allocated?


A Society Funding Panel will determine the outcome of all applications received. The panel consists of the Vice President Activities and Student Activities Coordinators. Their decisions will be approved by the Activities Manager who makes the final decision.


Only eligible applications will be looked at unless otherwise agreed by the Student Activities Team. The Society Funding Panel will then judge the applications based on their compliance with the three funding categories. They also take into consideration the quality of the application form, whether or not the funding requests are sustainable and how many students it will benefit.


Once the application has been reviewed, the society will hear from a member of the Student Activities Team regarding the outcome of their application. Successful bidders will be informed which items the Students’ Union will purchase for them. They will then have 28 days in which to liaise with the Activities Team regarding the purchase. Any funding allocations that are incomplete after the 28 day window has passed will become obsolete. Unsuccessful bidders will receive feedback on their application so that they understand where their application fell short.



Please contact us if you have any questions about the Society Funding. All of the funding guidelines can be found here.