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Activity Hardship Fund

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Bristol SU recognises that the joining fees, trips and other costs of student groups can be prohibitively expensive for some students. The Activity Hardship Fund was created to support those students who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate in their chosen activity due to the cost.

Students can apply for up to £100 per academic year and only one grant will be awarded to a student in an academic year. Bristol SU has a limited amount of money to give out each year so please note that even if an application is successful, it may not be possible to award the full amount requested.


Applications must:

  • Be from University of Bristol students, submitted by the individual student, not on their behalf
  • Apply for funding to enable their participation in a Bristol SU student group e.g. membership fees, trip costs or the purchase of equipment or kit specifically required for the activity
  • Show evidence of financial hardship and being unable to participate without the assistance of the Activity Hardship Fund

We strongly advise that you do not apply for funding for something you will have to pay for before the grants are allocated, as we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful.

Dates 2020-21

Round 1

Applications open: Monday 5th October

Applications close: Friday 16th October 5pm

Round 2

Applications open: Monday 2nd November

Applications close: Friday 13th November 5pm

Round 3

Applications open: Monday 1st February

Applications close: Friday 12th February 5pm

Round 4

Applications open: Monday 1st March

Applications close: Friday 12th March 5pm

All applicants will receive a decision by email, giving the reason why the application was approved or rejected 1 week after the deadline (at the latest).

The decision-making panel comprises of a Student Development Coordinator, the Sports and Student Development Officer and the Union Affairs Officer.

Apply for the Activity Hardship Fund

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Applications should be completed using the online application form

Please give as much detail as possible in your application, including a clear breakdown of costs, a full explanation of why you think the fund should support you and details of any other ways in which you are trying to fund the activity.