AUSA makes funds available to student activities yearly.  These funds are intended to help societies create the best experience possible for students as well and support core development.  These are granted on a case by case basis and need is established by following the criteria for each grant.  As AUSA is a registered charity, and is made up of elected students, it must always try to ensure that its funding is being used as effectively and transparently as possible.

Below is a list of available grants to AUSA Societies, a summary of each one and the deadlines.  If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with

Tips and tricks before you get started:

  • Read all the criteria before you start
  • Ensure you have all your documents ready for submission with your application
  • Ensure that you answer all the points you are asked for
  • Be clear and concise


The Societies Union Grant:

This is a grant that is made available to AUSA affiliated societies and is for the core and development needs of societies.  If the total funds are not awarded in the first instance, societies will have the opportunity to apply again.  Societies who were not awarded the first time may be prioritised over those reapplying.  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, Sabbatical officers and AUSA Staff.

Timeline: Grants tend to open first semester



Student Experience Fund:

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 through Sport and Societies.  This 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 effecting the as many 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: Grant is usually made available in December/January