Finances and Funding

AUSA Grants  

AUSA makes funds available to societies and sports clubs yearly. These funds are intended to help them create the best experience possible for students and support the core functions of societies and sports clubs. These are granted on a case by case basis and need is based on the criteria for each grant. As AUSA is a registered charity and is student lead, it must always try to ensure that its funding is being used as effectively as possible.  These grants are directly funded from the Sports Union and Societies Union fees. AUSA Student Groups are not eligible for any direct grants from AUSA. However, there are opportunities available to the Student Groups that AUSA can provide support with.  

The Societies Union Grant 

This is a grant that is made available annually to AUSA affiliated societies and is for the core function of societies.  If all the funds are not awarded in the first instance, societies that were not successful will have the opportunity to apply again.  Maximum amounts and total given varies every year based on the amount of Societies Union memberships.  More information and guidelines are available on the form. The panel for decision-making for this is members of the societies’ union and AUSA Staff. 
Timeline: Society committees will be notified by email when applications open 

Sports Union Core Grant: 

This is a grant that is made available annually to AUSA affiliated sports clubs and is for the core function of your sport.? This could be new equipment, tournament fees or facilities fees for those not based at ASV.  If all the funds are not awarded in the first instance, sports clubs will have the opportunity to apply again. Clubs who were not awarded the first time may be prioritised over those reapplying. Maximum amounts and totals given will vary every year based on the amount of Sports Union memberships. More information and guidelines are available on the form. Sports Club committees will be notified by email when applications open.  Download 2019/20 application here Form and criteria may change for the upcoming year. 

Sports Union Performance Grant 

This is a grant that is made available annually to AUSA affiliated sports clubs and is made available for sports clubs committed to improving their standing at competition levels. This could be through the development of coaching staff or strength and conditioning training. If all the funds are not awarded in the first instance, sports clubs will have the opportunity to apply again. Maximum amounts and totals given will vary every year based on the amount of Sports Union memberships. More information and guidelines are available on the form. Timeline: Sports Club committees will be notified by email when applications open 

Student Experience Fund (Sports Clubs and Societies) 

The Student Experience Fund (SEF) is a grant that was created by the University of Aberdeen’s Development Trust. This money is donated by Alumni for the purpose of enhancing the student experience for students. The SFE grant is not intended to help with day to day functions but to help create opportunities that would not be available otherwise. This could be anything from making a conference affordable to your membership or bringing speakers to campus. It’s all about affecting the most students possible with the funds and creating a positive impact within the student community. The decision-making panel is made up of elected students, AUSA staff and staff from the Development Trust.  Timeline: This is usually available at the end of Term 1 or the start of Term 2. 

Student Experience Fund (Student Groups and campaigns) 

The Student Experience Fund (SEF) is a grant that was created by the University of Aberdeen’s Development Trust. This grant is not for core running costs, but for investment into student groups that will help improve the student experience.? It’s all about creating a positive impact for the most students possible with the funds and the student community. This is applied to and awarded directly from the Development Trust. 
Timeline: This is usually made available in September/October. 

External funding  

Outside AUSA there are lots of different organisations looking to give financial support to students. We strongly encourage all student activities to look to governing bodies, lottery, and local council for funding opportunities. AUSA Staff is available to you to help go over applications or even flesh out an idea.  
Contact for support: 
Societies and Student Groups: societies@abdn.ac.uk 
Sport: ausasport@abdn.ac.uk  

Fundraising/Crowdfunding 

One of the options to consider when seeking funding for your initiative is launching a fundraising initiative. Not only it is possible to gain funding necessary for your idea, but it is also an excellent opportunity to further promote your society and develop your campaigning and marketing skills.  

Sponsorships 

Sponsorships are a great way to create a mutually beneficial relationship with an organisation or a company, enabling societies to undertake their activities while providing exposure opportunity for companies. We encourage student activities to look for sponsorship opportunities which can prove to be fruitful, long term cooperation. Before signing up to sponsorship, you should check to ensure that you are signing up to a deal that you can deliver.  Please be sure to review all AUSA and union policies before signing up to any contract. 

Banking  

All the information concerning banking and your societies, sports club or student group finances can be found on the skills’ hub. All presidents and treasurers should complete this training module before requesting access to their student activities’ bank account.