Student-led volunteering projects are eligible to apply for the Bristol SU Volunteering Grants. Such grants cover your essential annual costs to help you deliver your key annual activities. Such costs can include:
Bristol SU has a limited pot of money to support student activities. You may not receive all the funding you apply for. Bristol SU will sit down with you to evaluate your essential activity costs based on the following criteria:
To be financially sustainable, you are expected to raise your own funds to cover some of the costs by applying for external grants and organising fundraisers.
Please note that this Grant is meant to help you cover a gap between your expenses and your raised income. Where possible, you are expected to spend your own funds first. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for Bristol SU’s advice on external grants and fundraising.
Most grants awarded are in the £100 - £500 range but larger amounts are also available.
To apply, you need to email your updated Strategic Plan to email@example.com. The following sections of the Strategic Plan must be completed in full:
Submissions for 2019/2020 are welcomed during the re-affiliation period from April to June. The submission deadline is June 31st.
The Student Opportunities team will arrange a development meeting to discuss your Strategic Plan. You must attend the meeting for your submission to be considered. Such meetings can take place any time from 1st May to 30st September. Your group will be informed of the funding outcome within 2 weeks of the meeting.
You can only apply once a year. Extensions are only given at Bristol SU’s discretion. New groups can apply for the Grant as part of affiliation at any time during the year.
To maintain the Grant, you must:
The Student Opportunities team will explain our expectations in more detail during the initial meeting. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Bristol SU reserves the right to withdraw funding if there is a concern about how the Grant money is spent.
The grant money can be spent in the same way that you make all your union account claims and payments, in that you can spend the money yourself and then claim it back, raise a cheque, use it to pay an invoice or raise a purchase order. Bristol SU will claim back any unspent Grant money if it is not spent by 31st June. Your group will be eligible to re-apply for the grant for the following year.