Annual Fund

  

 

Looking to fund an LSESU club, society or group project? The LSE Annual Fund might be able to help.

 

The LSE Annual Fund raises charitable donations from LSE alumni, governors, staff and friends of the School to support projects across campus that would otherwise not receive funding.

 

Applications for funding run twice every academic year - once at the beginning of Michaelmas Term, and again at the beginning of Lent Term. If you're application is successful, you will receive the funding and must carry out your project in the term following your application. 

 

Applications process

 

To apply, please follow the application process below:

 

  • 1. Please read the application criteria and guidance and the FAQs
  • 2. Submit your draft proposal using the online form below.
  • 3. The Students’ Union will organise a meeting with you to discuss your application
  • 4. You will then need to submit your final application online.

 

Please note that it is highly recommended that you meet with the Students’ Union prior to your final submission.

 

To apply, fill in the online form. You’ll need to attach your budget to the bottom of this form before submitting. For further guidance, you can refer to this example budget form.

 

If you have any specific questions about your Annual Fund application that are not covered in the criteria and guidance and FAQ’s, please email: su.annualfund@lse.ac.uk

 

Alternatively, drop in to the ARC on the 1st Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Key Dates

1. Draft Applications Open: Monday 2nd October 

2. Draft Applications Close: deadline extended - midnight Wednesday 1st November 

3. Final Applications Open: Monday 30th October

4. Final Applications Close: deadline extended - midnight Sunday 19th November

5. Notification of Results: End of Michaelmas Term 2017

6. Funding Allocated: Beginning of Lent Term 2018

 

Application examples

For further guidance with your application, you can view some successful applications and budgets that were granted full funding from the Annual Fund in Lent Term 2015. All of these applications describe their projects and set out their budgets in a clear and concise way, and explain how they meet the Annual Fund application criteria.

 

Islamic Society

Mixed Lacrosse Club

Music Society

 

Final applications are now closed.

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Frequently asked questions


How much should I apply for?

Grants can range in size from £1,000 to £100,000, but the majority will fall between £5,000 and £50,000.


When will I have access to the funds?

We are hoping that successful applicants will have access to funds by Monday 8th January 2018.


What type of follow up report do I have to provide?

Successful applicants must provide a final report 30 days after their project is complete. The final reports are important because they allow the Annual Fund to check that you spent the money as outlined in your application and contract. They also provide excellent news stories and reports for our donors. Completion of the online written report form and full expenditure report is required, along with copies of marketing and promotional materials, photographs and videos of the project.


Any tips on how to be successful?

Make sure that you’ve read our application criteria and guidance. When you submit your first draft you will meet with Students’ Union staff who will give you bespoke guidance. Make sure you incorporate this advice into your final application.


What if I miss the application deadline?

Unfortunately, if you miss the application deadline, your application will not be included for this application period. However, there will be another round of applications opening in September 2017, to run projects in Lent Term 2018.


Is there a word limit on the application form?

Yes, we have a strict character limit for certain sections on the application forms. This is to ensure that all applicants can provide an equal amount of information about their individual projects and to help the Annual Fund awarding committee get a clear overview of each project. The character limit is inclusive of spaces.


Can I apply for partial funding to the LSE Annual Fund?

Yes, if your project already has funding from other sources, you can still apply for partial funding from the Annual Fund. Please remember to carefully read the guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for an Annual Fund grant.


How will I know if my application has been successful?

Applicants will be advised following the Annual Fund Selection Panel meeting. Receipt of funding will be determined on signing a contract to adhere to the terms and conditions of the award.


Can LSE Annual Fund grants be transferred to personal bank accounts?

No. Student-led projects will be paid into Students’ Union accounts and students will be able to access funding from there.


How can I find out more?

If you have specific questions about your LSE Annual Fund grant application that are not covered in the guidelines and FAQ’s, please email su.annualfund@lse.ac.uk, or come into the ARC on the 1st Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Application Criteria and Guidance


How much should I apply for?

Grants can range in size from £1,000 to £100,000, but the majority will fall between £5,000 and £50,000.


When will I have access to the funds?

We are hoping that successful applicants will have access to funds by 5th June 2017.


What type of follow up report do I have to provide?

Successful applicants must provide a final report 30 days after their project is complete. The final reports are important because they allow the Annual Fund to check that you spent the money as outlined in your application and contract. They also provide excellent news stories and reports for our donors. Completion of the online written report form and full expenditure report is required, along with copies of marketing and promotional materials, photographs and videos of the project.


Any tips on how to be successful?

Make sure that you’ve read our application criteria and guidance. When you submit your first draft you will meet with Students’ Union staff who will give you bespoke guidance. Make sure you incorporate this advice into your final application.


What if I miss the application deadline?

Unfortunately, if you miss the application deadline, your application will not be included for this application period. However, there will be another round of applications opening in September 2017, to run projects in Lent Term 2018.


Is there a word limit on the application form?

Yes, we have a strict character limit for certain sections on the application forms. This is to ensure that all applicants can provide an equal amount of information about their individual projects and to help the Annual Fund awarding committee get a clear overview of each project. The character limit is inclusive of spaces.


Can I apply for partial funding to the LSE Annual Fund?

Yes, if your project already has funding from other sources, you can still apply for partial funding from the Annual Fund. Please remember to carefully read the guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for an Annual Fund grant.


How will I know if my application has been successful?

Applicants will be advised following the Annual Fund Selection Panel meeting. Receipt of funding will be determined on signing a contract to adhere to the terms and conditions of the award.


Can LSE Annual Fund grants be transferred to personal bank accounts?

No. Student-led projects will be paid into Students’ Union accounts and students will be able to access funding from there.


How can I find out more?

If you have specific questions about your LSE Annual Fund grant application that are not covered in the guidelines and FAQ’s, please email su.annualfund@lse.ac.uk, or come into the ARC on the 1st Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.