Bristol SU has a limited pot of money to support student activities. Due to the large number of student groups we support, our grants have strict criteria. Please be aware that you may not receive all the funding you apply for.
Grant funding should never be relied upon to support your group's regular activities. You should always plan to be financially sustainable through other sources of funding such as membership, ticketed events, sponsorship and fundraising.
Most grants awarded are in the £100 - £500 range and we will award groups a maximum of £3,000 per year. Any group applying for over £1,000 must meet with the Development Team before applying.
The number of applications a group can make is not limited. If you are applying for two or more distinct projects, please submit multiple applications.
The decision-making committee consists of elected students (including a member of the Sports Network, a member of the Societies Network and a Full Time Officer) and is supported by Bristol SU staff.
Grant form opens: Monday 23rd September
Grant form closes: Monday 7th October 5pm
Grant form opens: Monday 4th November
Grant form closes: Monday 18th November 5pm
Grant form opens: Monday 27th January
Grant form closes: Monday 10th February 5pm
Grant form opens: Monday 9th March
Grant form closes: Monday 23rd March 5pm
Grant form opens: Thursday 7th May
Grant form closes: Monday 18th May 5pm
Decisions are sent to groups a maximum of 2 weeks after the deadline. If your application is unsuccessful, we will let you know why.
Money given as grant funding from Bristol SU goes into your union account. It may be added after you have claimed the amount, so don't worry if it doesn't appear in your account right away.
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 directly to a company, use it to pay an invoice or raise a purchase order.
However, all grant money MUST be spent on the activity proposed in the grant application, and you MUST ensure you notify the Finance Team/Student Services Team that it is a grant payment so that they can code it correctly. If it is not coded correctly, we may assume it's not spent and reclaim it!
All grant money allocated to a society must be spent within 3 months of the money being granted, and this will be noted on your allocation email. We will only extend deadlines in very exceptional circumstances. If you haven't spent the grant money by the set deadline, it will be reclaimed and redistributed.
Newly affiliated groups (that have affiliated in the last 6 months) may apply for a start-up grant of up to £100.
The start-up grant exists to enable groups to fundraise and build membership. As a result, groups do not need 30 members to be accepted for a start-up grant.
You may apply for an SU Group Grant at any point after receiving a start-up grant, but you are expected to indicate how you have used the funds to improve the sustainability of your group.
The £100 start-up grant is not bound by the no food/drink requirement (although we still will not fund alcohol). Think about how best to turn your £100 into more money for your group - maybe you'll purchase equipment you can hire out or hold a fundraising event!
In 2019, we've launched a new grant to support your group's volunteering activity.
A volunteering activity must be student-led (but we encourage you to work with local community organisations such as charities and schools) and must make a local impact beyond the student community.
Groups can apply for up to £2,000. Please note that, as with other SU grants, fundraising for other charities cannot be funded.
The Volunteering Activity Grant is not bound by some of the requirements of standard Bristol SU Group Grants. You can apply for food and drink (although we still will not fund alcohol), social events, all types of marketing material and travel, directly linked to your volunteering activity.
A few examples are available here: