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'.
Check out the guides below to find out how to spend your society money and how to get more of it:
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.
Interested in getting sponsorship for your activities?
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 email@example.com if you would like support to organise charitable events.
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.
The following funds are granted by the Students' Union and aim to help student groups with their ideas, projects and events.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
To get more information on what you can and can't apply for, please take a look at our guide 'New Ideas Fund'.
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.
To get more information on what you can and can't apply for, please take a look at our guide 'Collaboration Fund'.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
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.
The following funds are granted by the University of Sheffield.
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.
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.