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Fitzwilliam Society Student Grants 2018

The Fitzwilliam Society is delighted to announce that a grant fund of £2,000 is available to support projects that benefit as many Fitz students as possible by enhancing the student-experience at the College. Depending on the applications received, the Society might decide to grant the total fund to one project, or share it between several smaller ones.

This is the third year of the programme that supports student projects that would not otherwise qualify for funding from the usual sources. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from individuals and informal groups as well as from established societies, clubs or associations.

In 2017, a grant was awarded to the Cambridge Film Society whose President and project leader were Fitz students. Previous years have seen funding awarded to the Allotments Society towards a mini-greenhouse, the Arts Society for a digital art system, the JCR for music/disco equipment, and Footnotes towards a special issue.

Guidelines

Other required information can be easily deduced from the questions on the application form.

  1. Applicants should be current Fitz students, either individuals, informal groups or Fitz Associations and they can apply for any amount up to the maximum of £2,000.

  2. The project to be funded, or part-funded, must aim to enhance the student-experience at Fitzwilliam College. As such, applications from non-Fitz organisations are less likely to be successful.

  3. Applications must be made on the official application form and emailed to the JCR or MCR President no later than Saturday 10th February 2018 for onward transmission to the Society’s Grants Panel. (Note – the JCR/MCR will not vet or alter the applications; they are simply acting as a communication conduit.) Funds will be allocated before the end of Lent term (i.e. Friday March 16th 2018).

  4. Funding from other sources (e.g. a sports fund) should not be available. The Fitz Society is looking to fill a gap, not offer competition. Please contact the JCR or MCR President to find out if your project could be funded from elsewhere.

  5. Before applying, check whether appropriate advice should first be sought, e.g. from the Health and Safety Officer, Senior Tutor, or a College committee etc. Examples from previous applications when prior advice was needed include: the suitability of a proposed site because of noise impact; and preparation of a risk assessment. Please contact the JCR or MCR President if you are unsure.

  6. Joint applications by more than one Fitz student or organisation are permitted. Applicants can submit more than one application if they are pursuing different projects. Each project can benefit undergraduates, post-graduates or both.

  7. The Panel may seek additional information or clarification from applicants.

  8. The Panel will decide which applications are successful and their decision is final. The Panel reserves the right not to award any or all grants should the applications not satisfy these guidelines or be unsuitable in other respects.

  9. Successful applicants should acknowledge the financial contribution of the Fitzwilliam Society when reporting and promoting their projects. The JCR and MCR Presidents will update the Society committee on the progress of the successful projects in May and September during the committee meetings.

Summary of feedback provided to previous year’s applicants:

Not every application over the years has been successful and detailed feedback is provided to the applicants to help with any future grant applications. For example:

  • Some applications did not adhere to the guidelines or answer the questions in sufficient detail or clarity. Applying for a grant is like answering an exam question – read the instructions carefully.

  • Those applications that were successful provided a clear and persuasive narrative, and costings were well-researched and clear. Some unsuccessful applications had not researched the costings, and only guesstimates were provided

  • The Panel needs to know how many students would benefit from a project. This could be simply by stating the number of members, attendees, or circulation list (for example). Another way of demonstrating this is by undertaking a survey.

  • Some projects were not clear about basic financial and or practical sustainability, e.g. who would manage the project during the summer holidays, and how was the project to be funded on an ongoing basis?

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