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How to Raise Money from Other Sources

Whilst SUSU will try to offer some financial support to its student groups, the amount it can offer is limited and so cannot be guarenteed, as such student groups should aim to be financially independent. Below you will find advice on some of the many ways you can guarantee additional money for your student group.

Membership fees:

One of the most successful ways that student groups can guarantee a regular income is through charging a membership fee. This can be any price, but it should reflect the service you are giving your members. For example a student playing a high risk sport involving expensive equipment might expect to pay a lot more than a member of a departmental society.

If you charge a membership fee, it is vital that your student group has a central bank account with a treasurer overseeing payments. If you want to be extra safe, you might want to consider charging your membership fees via the Union Box Office. This can be set up via the Membership Fees link on your group hub admin page. 

Sponsorship:

Local businesses are often keen to sponsor student groups in return for advertisement or guaranteed custom. This can be a very successful way of guaranteeing a lump sum of money, but it can also have risks attached if you aren’t fully aware of what you’re both signing up for. 

Always make sure you know what you are committing to and that you do anything you say you will, otherwise sponsors might want their money back or it could damage the reputation of your group or SUSU as a whole. Please see the 'How to' on seeking sponsorship.

Fundraising on campus:

If you’re looking to get funding for a particular competition, trip or piece of equipment, you might want to consider holding a fundraiser. This could be anything from a bake sale to a club night. The most important thing though is to plan your event. Check out our section on How To Run an Event for more information on this.

If you’re a bit stuck on ideas, check out the below list.

  • Themed nights and parties – The Bridge and the halls bars are good for these or The Cube if you are expecting a larger crowd. Some clubs and bars in Portswood or town can also be hired. These can range from fancy dress themes to race nights and beyond!
  • Sponsored events – If you belong to a Club or Society, or have a particular hobby, why not think about using your skills to run a sponsored event? In the past we have seen 24 hour SCUBA diving, sponsored climbing and skydiving.
  • Bake Sales – Everyone loves cakes and bake sales can be a great way of guaranteeing income with relatively little effort. If you are going to hold a bake sale you must make sure that one of the cooks has a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate. More information on food hygiene can be found here.

For more information on booking a space for a fundraiser, check out our section on How to Book Facilities and Transport.

If you are planning on fundraising for a charity you will need to go through our RAG department. More information on this process can be found here.

External funding:

For many student groups, it can be worthwhile to explore the possibility of external funding. All sorts of trusts and organisation offer funding to projects which fulfil certain objectives and criteria. This may be for charitable work, but it can also be dependent on the groups of people you work with e.g. athletes, religious groups, innovators, nationalities.

A comprehensive list of trust funds operating in the UK can be found here. Don’t be limited by this list though! Go out and ask local organisations if they can help you out – you never know what they might say. For more advice on approaching local businesses, check out these handy tips.

Finally, whatever you decide to apply for, be sure to plan your application well and have a read through the following tips on how to win a funding bid.