Money Money Money

Although creativity can bloom when the pennies are tight, money can come in pretty handy when it comes to running your society.

Remember, you can check your society statement online at any time: http://statements.union.shef.ac.uk - simply login using your society username and password and click 'View Statement'.

Downloadable Guides

Check out the guides below to find out how to spend your society money and how to get more of it:

Finance Forms

The Society and Committee Finance Forms below can be downloaded and printed off at a time to suit you. Don't forget that the Claim Forms and Purchase Order must be countersigned by your Treasurer and if it is the Treasurer's claim, the  President should sign it. The Credit Slip is for paying-in so it doesn't need a Treasurer's signature. If you would like the Credit Slip photocopying as proof of paying in, please bring it to the Zone Desk to be photocopied.

Sponsorship

Interested in getting sponsorship for your activities?

  • If you're a Working or Representative Committee: you must adhere to the SU Advertising Policy and contact advertise@sheffield.ac.uk before seeking sponsorship.
  • If you're a Society: although you're not bound by the SU Advertising Policy, we'd still recommend you read it and consider sourcing ethical sponsors. If you'd like any help with making the most out of your sponsorship deals, feel free to contact advertise@sheffield.ac.uk who will give you some help and support along the way.

Raising Money For Charity

As the Students' Union is a charity itself, we cannot fund events or activities which aim to raise money for other charities - it's against the law! Therefore, please do not apply to any of the funds for an event which aims to raise money for charity, as it will be declined automatically.

There are other ways to raise money for charity events however. Contact Sheffield RAG at rag@sheffield.ac.uk if you would like support to organise charitable events.

Applying for Funding

There are a range of funding options available for societies, with varying criteria. Review the list below and complete the relevant form to make an application.


Students' Union Funds

This coming February is LGBT+ History Month and the SU is working closely with LGBT+ Committee to put together a fabulous programme of events and activity around the theme 'Arts and Culture'. LGBT+ Committee are keen for other student groups to get on board and add some variety, and their own twist, to the month; so, the SU has a small pot of funding available (to be awarded by LGBT+ Committee) to other groups to run LGBT+ HM events. The deadline for applications is 16th January so if you have an idea that you'd like some funding support for please apply here.

 

The following funds are granted by the Students' Union and aim to help student groups with their ideas, projects and events. 

Societies Extra Fund

  • Societies only (NOT Working or Representative Committees)
  • Students' Union fund
  • NOT for charity and/or political organisations
  • £250 maximum

This pot of money exists to help societies fund events, equipment and activities that relate to their core aims and objectives. It is there to help societies provide a great experience for their members throughout the yearr Applications for this fund are reviewed by Societies Committee on a weekly basis during term time.

Apply for the Societies Extra Fund »

To get more information on what you can and can't apply for, please take a look at our guide 'How to Apply for SEF'.


(Working and Representative) Committee Extra Fund

  • Working or Representative Committees only (NOT Societies)
  • Students' Union fund
  • NOT for charity and/or political organisations

This pot of money exists to help Working and Representative Committee events, projects equipment and activities that relate to their core aims and objectives. This should not include items that you applied for in the first annual round of funding - the aim of this fund is for new ideas and initiatives that you may have throughout the year. Applications for this fund are reviewed by the Development Officer and your 'buddy' Officer and/or staff member during term time. 

Apply for the Committee Extra Fund »


New Ideas Fund

  • Must be for original new events and activities, which have not been held before.
  • Students' Union fund
  • NOT for charity and/or political organisations
  • £500 maximum

The New Ideas fund exists to help societies and committees finance original, innovative events or activities which they have not held previously. Formerly known as the Creativity Fund, this award has been used to fund trips to perform at Edinburgh Festival for example. Applications for this fund are reviewed by Societies Committee on a weekly basis during term time.

Apply for the New Ideas Fund »

To get more information on what you can and can't apply for, please take a look at our guide 'New Ideas Fund'.


Collaboration Fund

  • Must be for collaborative events/projects, organised by two or more Societies or Committees 
  • Students' Union fund
  • NOT for charity and/or political organisations
  • £500 maximum 

With over 300 Societies, Working and Representative Committees of such diversity at our Students' Union, what better way to show off what you do best than through collaborating on a new initiative together. This fund exists to help just that. Applications for this fund are reviewed by Societies Committee on a weekly basis during term time.

Apply for the Collaboration Fund »

To get more information on what you can and can't apply for, please take a look at our guide 'Collaboration Fund'.


Safety Fund

  • Available to Societies, Working and Representative Committees
  • Students' Union fund
  • Apply throughout the year

This pot of money exists to help societies and committees run activities and that relate to their core aims and objectives in the safest way possible. The money can help fund things like equipment, training or specific first aid/safety supplies that you may need for your activities. Applications for this fund are reviewed by the Student Groups Coordinator and Head of Student Groups Support on a weekly basis. Please contact society.coordinator@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Apply for the Safety Fund »


Campaigns and Policy Fund

  • Students' Union fund
  • To give you a helping hand to campaign on - or progress - issues you care about
  • This could include doing something to take forward an existing SU policy, like the ‘Accessibility on Campus’ policy, or ‘Internationalisation’ (but it doesn't have to be!)
  • No maximum limit.

The Campaigns & Policy fund is there to give you a helping hand to campaign on - or progress - issues you care about. This can also include doing something to take forward an SU policy, like the ‘Accessibility on Campus’ policy, or ‘Internationalisation’ (but it doesn't have to be!). Examples from past years include purchasing apples for mental health awareness (£50), subsidising costs to attend the National Pride Conference (£100) and coach costs to the Yarls Wood Demonstration (£500).

Full criteria can be found through the link below.

Apply for the Campaigns and Policy Fund »


Student-led Environmental Fund

  • For all societies, committees or student groups
  • Students’ Union Fund
  • To support events, projects or campaigns linking your group's aims or purpose with environmental issues
  • £75 maximum
  • Apply all year

The Student-Led Environmental Fund exists to help make some of your ideas a reality. If you’d like to run an event, project or campaign that has environmental aims, we’d love to receive your application. Ideas that we’ll accept applications for are varied, so don’t limit your thinking: Baking Soc may want to host a Vegan Brownie session; Boardgame Soc might want to host a eco-games marathon; or Bangladesh Soc might want to run a campaign to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on Bangladeshi communities.  

Full criteria can be found through the link below.

Apply for the Student-led Environmental Fund »


University Funds

The following funds are granted by the University of Sheffield.  

Alumni Fund

  • £2000 maximum
  • Three funding deadlines per year

This fund is made from donations from former University of Sheffield students, who wish to improve the experience for current students. You can apply for grants of up to £2000 for events and equipment. The panel is made up of the Students' Union President, Activities Officer, Alumni Office Staff and some University Alumni.

Find out more about the Alumni Fund »


USE Society Sponsorship

  • University of Sheffield Enterprise fund 
  • £100 maximum
  • 5 sponsorship grants
  • ESSA accreditation

Every year, USE offers five £100 sponsorship grants for societies so that you can make your ideas happen. Grants are usually distributed in the first semester. The grants are offered to societies who can demonstrate the most enterprising activity. This is NOT only relevant to ‘businessy’ societies. Think about it: your society, raises money, recruits members, and organises and markets events. All of this is considered enterprising!

Any society that fills in the society sponsorship form also has the option for that application to be put forward for ESSA (Enterprising Student Society Accreditation) - once accredited you can apply for ESSA awards of up to £10,000.

Download the Application Form »


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