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In addition to your membership income, ticket income and any grant you are awarded, there are a number of potential extra sources of funding available from UCL and Students’ Union UCL for your club or society.

Additional Grant 

Your club or society may be eligible to apply to the Students’ Union UCL’s Additional Grant Fund. The additional grant for clubs and societies helps fund new activities and ideas that come up over the course of the year and weren’t foreseen at the start of the grant allocation process; however it can only be used to cover activities related to the ones listed in your constitution.

Welfare Fund

To support you in your role the Union has created a Welfare Fund you can apply for to support new activities that do one or more of the following:

•      Raise awareness and support positive mental health

•      Improve student wellbeing

•      Support societies delivering new physical activity initiatives

•      Promote an inclusive environment

•      Help include underrepresented student groups

You can apply for the Welfare Fund by using the Additional Grant Form and indicating that it is a ‘Welfare Fund’ application. Please note, only welfare officers can submit applications to the Welfare Fund.

Applications are assessed by the Club & Society Finance Panel and are considered in the context of the club or society’s particular needs and previous levels of grant funding. Allocations are awarded regularly throughout the term, while funding is available, and applications are limited to £150 per request. Please note that the Union is unable to award grants to cover the costs of social events such as food, drinks and parties.

The Club & Society Finance Panel meet every Tuesday during term time, and is led by the Activities Officer. We endeavour to consider all applications received in the previous week but this is not always possible due to the volume of requests received.

Please note, the Additional Grant Fund is strictly limited and unfortunately not all applications can be accommodated.

If you have an idea and are not sure if it hits the criteria or would like some advice, just get in contact with us at – we are happy to help.  

UCL Funding

Throughout the year we will let presidents and treasurers know of opportunities or applications for other college funds that may become available. Traditionally, these types of funding may be suitable for equipment purchases or occasionally for ambitious or unique one-off events.


Additional funding can also come from sponsorship. See the guide on How to arrange Sponsorship for my Club or Society for more details. This is a great way to gain additional funding, as it’s not always possible to receive full funding from the Union due to limited resourcing. 

External Funding

Think outside of the Students’ Union! There are often community grants (particularly for Sports Clubs) available to apply for from local authority funds or national governing bodies. If you require help in applying to an external funding source you can contact the Sports Development Coordinator or the Society and Media Development Coordinator by sending an email to - where staff can send the email to the relevant team member.

To get you started, here are a few useful links when looking for external funding for your club:

  • Crowdfunding - raise money for your own personal cause, a person in need, clubs, schools, and communities.
  • Awards for All - National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

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