Society funding

We want to see our student groups develop and thrive in the activities they enjoy.

The union offers funding to all of our affiliated student groups to help you become more sustainable in your projects, events and future ambitions.

Over the last year we have contributed more than £20,000 to more than 50 different student groups and societies.

So why not apply today?

Funding applications are submitted to our Student Activities Executive Board four times a year; once at the start of each term and once toward the end of the summer break. It pays to be organised and get your applications in for the first meeting of the year! 

Students and societies are always coming up with ideas that we could never have predicted and we love to harness this innovation! If you have an idea for a way that your society could do something amazing then we would be really keen to talk about it and explore how we can help.

Things we fund:

  • Equipment
  • Events
  • Travels Costs
  • Competitions
  • Coaching/Instructing
  • Good Ideas! 

Things we can’t fund:

  • Retrospective payments (You can’t apply to fund something that has already occurred)
  • Additional insurance
  • Anything that undermines the law or our financial regulations
  • Repairs necessary due to neglect
  • Fines
  • Funding for external charities
  • Legal fees

Fill in our online form to start your funding application. Further information is available in our funding policy.

Emergency Funding

We are aware groups can run into financial difficulty from time to time - you may be hit with unforeseen costs and bills or your projects and events may turn out to be more expensive than you originally anticipated. In these instances you may be entitled to apply for Emergency Funding to help cover the costs. Please note the same restrictions as above apply. We aim to make a decision within seven days of submission of your application.

You will need to organise a meeting with either the VP Activities or member of Societies staff before an application can be provided or submitted.

Please note that this is NOT an alternative to the standard funding procedure and is to aid only with financial circumstances that are beyond the control of your group.

Please make sure you have read through our funding policy before making an application, you will also be required to upload a budget. It’s important that we can see your finances are being properly managed; this will help contribute towards a successful application. You can find both a basic and an advanced project budget template and our funding policy in our useful documents.

It could also be beneficial for you to discuss your proposal with a member of our activities team before applying; organise a meeting through help@lancastersu.co.uk or drop in and make an appointment at the Welcome Desk.