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The Students' Union Fund is centred around four pillars: Wellbeing, Inclusion, Sustainability and Education (W.I.S.E.). It is open to all LSE Students to apply for.

Students' Union Fund

The Students' Union Fund is centred around four pillars: Wellbeing, Inclusion, Sustainability and Education (W.I.S.E.). It is open to all LSE Students to apply for.

The Students’ Union Fund  (SUF) is a pot of money made of £150,000 provided by a range of donors from LSE University. It has been created in 2018 to enable LSE students to bring their ideas and initiatives to life, in order to positively impact the student community at LSE, and wider society.

This academic year (2022-23), the SUF becomes the main fund provided by the Students’ Union, including 3 different types of funding, to help and support LSE students:

  • THE suf projects:

→ To bring LSE students’ ideas and initiatives to life, with the possibility to get a financial help up to £5000 
 
  •  THE participation fund:

→ To provide financial assistance to LSE students who can’t afford extra-curricular activities from the LSESU.
 If you want to find out more and apply for the Participation Fund, please head to the bottom of this page. 

 

  • THE sports club grants:

→ To help any LSESU sports clubs, by supporting financially anticipated expenses such as equipment, competition fees, facility bookings (etc…) up to £5000.
 
 Please, note that applications for the Sports Club Grants are now closed for the academic year 2022-2023. If you represent or are part of a club, and couldn't apply on time for the S.C.G. (or you need more funding), you can still apply for the SUF throughout the year.
 
 If you want to find out more about the S.C.G., please head to the bottom of this page.
 
 Please, note that each fund is granted according to its own criteria, the amount approved can be flexible depending on the project, the need and the reasons detailed in the application.

the SUF is based on 4 main principles

The panel is looking to support any application impacting the LSE students community, whether on site or online, in line with these 4 principles (W.I.S.E.):
 
  •  Wellbeing ⇒ To be uplifting and inspiring: demonstrating a clear intention to improve life of LSE students by having a direct/indirect and positive impact on mental or physical health

 

  • Inclusion ⇒ To be community building and inclusive: aiming to unify students or communities by bringing people together, tackling inequalities, and by being accessible to a wide range of students

 

  • Sustainability ⇒ To be eco-conscious and sustainable: having an environmentally friendly approach (e.g., hiring catering company with a majority of vegan/vegetarian options, a strong policy on food waste and plastic free disposables) and aiming to be financially sustainable on a long term (i.e., requiring less money and less resources if same event repeated over the years)

 

  •  Education ⇒ To bring knowledge and awareness: facilitating the development of those involved in its creation in some shape or form, and raising knowledge and awareness on a given subject


General Criteria

Each application will be reviewed against the criteria listed below. Your project or reason to apply for funding doesn’t need to meet all the criteria to be approved, but the more criteria your project/reason to apply matches, the more likely it is to be funded.

  • Student demand: We expect applications to demonstrate an existing need or a reason why students would engage

 

  • Unique initiative: We expect to fund projects that demonstrate innovation and don’t replicate existing activity

 

  • Financial sustainability: If a sport club or a society applies for funding on a regular activity, they should demonstrate the potential to become financially sustainable and require less or no funding in the future

 

  •  Participation Fund: when applying for it, make sure the 4 questions in the mentioned criteria are answered, if it’s not a first application, terms and conditions will apply


SUF PROJECTS

 

GUIDANCE AND CRITERIA

Who can apply and who is your audience?

  • Any LSE students can apply (with a student number and ID to certify it)
  • Students can be supported by their own department, but ONLY LSE Students can apply
SUF projects (events, trips, activities, conferences, competitions etc…) can be applied for by all LSE students (individual - informal groups - clubs and societies)

There is flexibility within the criteria, however, we expect applicants to demonstrate the following:

  • The panel is looking to fund in priority projects which effectively reach a large number of students, essentially from LSE* but can be also accessible to a wider audience.
  • Inclusion is a core value of the Students’ Union so your project must consider whether any groups of students may struggle to access it.
  • Restrictions are possible under certain circumstances as the panel is keen to also fund projects aimed towards liberation groups (e.g. Women, BME, LGBTQA+ etc.) and engaging students who are frequently underrepresented within LSESU (e.g. postgraduates, international students and PHD students).

*It is required that at least 75% of beneficiaries should be LSE students. If it’s less than 75% attendees, we would need to see evidence of involvement from other universities or organisations providing partial funding.

 HOW does it work?

Before applying, it is absolutely essential for the project to be budgeted in a realistic manner and to provide a clear budget breakdown (i.e., how the money granted will be spent and how does it contribute to the project?). Being a restricted fund, please note that our finance team won’t make any payment, and we won’t process any claim for reimbursement outside of what has been budgeted originally in your application.

You can apply for up to £5000 (per application) depending on:

  • The financial capacity (for clubs and societies)
  • The overall budget of the project
  • The length of the project (How many hours/days?)
  • The recurrence of the project (Is it a unique initiative?)
  • The sustainable value of the project

 BUDGETING INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS

You can apply for the SUF to aid you with the following:

  • Catering: If you are requesting money for catering or refreshments, please note that we support LSE and LSESU Catering in priority, and therefore encourage to hire their services if the event takes place on LSE campus. It is recommended to always consider the cheaper option when possible. Clubs and Societies may have discounts when they hire LSESU catering
  • Accommodation: No standard rule applies here. Each case will be reviewed independently, and decision will be made upon the Panel’s appreciation
  • Travel: Travel will be funded only for applicants and if it is via second class train or coach. Flights will only be funded up to 25% of the full trip, and only if proven that there is no feasible alternative to reach the destination. Due to environmental concerns, it is highly recommended to consider a “greener” alternative to planes.
  • Group trips: Only trips with educational purpose will be funded. Please note that the SUF can fund only up to 50% of the total cost of a students’ group trip.
  • Online event: We can fund your online event (equipment such as microphone or camera for speakers, catering through vouchers, specific license etc...)

 Restrictions

Please note that the fund cannot be used for:

  • Alcohol purchase (exception can be considered if part of Catering e.g. celebration menu/wine or champagne, or special event aligned with society topic such as wine tasting/ cocktail society etc…)
  • Gifts or prizes for external guests
  • Travel costs or accommodation for external guests
  • Merchandise (e.g. lanyards/personalised clothing)
  • When possible, seek external funding for catering including alcohol

 

HOW we support?

LSESU can offer a variety of non-financial support to help you with your project. Depending on staff capacity, and whether you are applying on behalf of an LSESU sports club or society, however it might include:

  • Operational support

LSESU Societies coordinators and sports coordinators are here to help you with your project. They cover administrative tasks such as booking rooms. Depending on availability the LSESU may be able to offer you space within our building to hold your event. Although we may not always be able to accommodate your booking requests as due to a large amount of space requests, we will support you to deliver your project in the most feasible way.

Societies contact: su.societies@lse.ac.uk

Sports contact: su.sports@lse.ac.uk

  • Communications

If you would like to advertise your event, our Marketing & Communication team may be able to promote it via our social media channels. To make a communication support request, you can drop an email to su.societies@lse.ac.uk for specifics, or you can also tag in the social media post.

  • Advice and guidance

The Funds Coordinator can provide advice on your application, gives you feedback about the panel’s decision and follow up from the moment you apply until the finance part and how to get the money. He can also signpost you to more specialist support if required (for example, if you’re trying to reach out to a particular group or you have specific event requirements).

Funds Coordinator contactsu.funds@lse.ac.uk

 

  Important information:

If you are applying to the Students' Union Fund on behalf of an LSESU club or society, you must still work with the Sports or Societies Team as usual if your project is funded by the panel. This means that you must, when needed, submit an event form (or a trip form) with a risk assessment, and a detailed budget breakdown to the Sports or Societies Team to deliver your event or project.

You can download the SUF Budget Breakdown Template at this link:  

Once the spreadhseet downloaded, please complete it (with as many details as possible) and attach it to the SUF application form (link at the bottom). It is advised to do some research beforehand in order to have a clear idea of the costs involved in your project. The more accurate the prices are, the most likely the SUF amount claimed can be approved (if based on SUF terms and criteria).

 

 WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE DECISION?

Your application will be reviewed by our team before being presented to the SUF Panel which makes the final decision. Please note that you might be contacted before the panel meeting if more information is needed to review your project.

The SUF Panel involves our sabbatical officers (elected for the current academic year), an LSE representative, the Societies development manager, the funds coordinator and other elected student club & society reps as appropriate to the fund applied for.

 

 WHEN can you apply?

Applications can be submitted anytime during the academic year. Although your application will be treated as soon as possible, please note that outside of term times, applications won’t be reviewed as frequently.

 

 Feedback

We ask every successful applicants to fill up a feedback form to describe your experience from the moment you apply to the realisation of your project. It takes just a few minutes and it is reallly important for us to improve the accessibility for future applicants, and it will also help to promote the SUF across the LSE community, to give everyone a chance to realise their project the same way you were able to do yours. 

Click on the thumb  to fill up the Feedback Form 

 

 Last bit of advice

In order to provide a good application and have better chances to get approved, you should:

  • have read thoroughly the SUF Guidance and Criteria
  • make sure that your project matches at least 2 out 4 of the criteria requested
  • have started to plan your project ahead with clear guidelines
  • have a detailed financial breakdown of the budget you claim out of SUF, and a good estimation of your overall budget
  • consult the Funds Coordinator or Sports/Societies coordinators if you need more advice

 

APPLY FOR SUF HERE


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