The Everards Community Fund

Overview

The Everards Community Fund is a pot of money available to students, with the aim to help students who want to set up a volunteering project that will benefit the local community. This is a selective fund which will be awarded to 6 different groups throughout one academic year, awarding a maximum of £250 for each project.

Any student group or individual students can apply for the fund, but it is recommended you attend an information session prior to applying to help with the application process. The dates of the information sessions are:

  • Late October 2018 for the 2018 applications.
  • Late January 2019 for the 2019 applications.

You can also book a 1-1 meeting with the Volunteering and Fundraising Coordinator, Karlie Evans, in the Students' Union by dropping her an email here.


Criteria

As stated before, this fund is selective, and each project must meet these 6 criteria points to be considered. They are as follows:

  • Must have at least 3 people who want to run the project
  • Must have considered the impact on the local community
  • Must have a clear target group
  • Must have attended an information session prior to an application
  • Must have a completed budget and risk assessment for the activity
  • Must include how sustainable the project is.

 

How to apply

  1. An application form, a budget report and a risk assessment will be made available on the Volunteer page of the Leicester Students’ Union when applications are open. Once made available, the fund will be conducted in the same timescale as grant funding.
  2. The applications will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator and other staff members of the Students Union to check for correctly completed forms and to flag any missing details at this stage.
  3. If your application does not pass this stage, someone will be in contact to return your form for you to revise – you will be provided with a new submission date.
  4. If your application does pass this stage, it will be sent to the SET to be considered alongside the Volunteer Coordinator. We will then get in touch with you to let you know whether your project has been approved.
  5. If approved, you will be allocated a direct contact to help you get your project up and running. Once it’s started, you will be expected to run the project yourself, but you will have a monthly check in with your contact to help you along your way.

Dates

  • The table below highlights the key dates involved in the Everards funding process
  • SET meetings will take place on the same week of submissions closing
  • SET meetings will usually be in the evening, with one member from each Student Group category involved (refer to the Leicester Students’ Union Student Group constitution for more details)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the dates may need to be slightly adjusted

 

Monthly pot i.e. what month is your event in:

Submissions OPEN (the first day to submit an application)

Submissions CLOSE (the final day to submit an application)

Confirmation of grant fund outcome sent to groups by

September

June 1st

(12pm)

July 19th

(12pm)

July 20th

October

September 1st  

(12pm)

September 3rd 

(12pm)

September 14th

November

September 21st  (12pm)

October 1st

(12pm)

October 12th

December

October 26th

(12pm)

November 5th

(12pm)

November 16th

January

November 23rd  (12pm)

December 3rd

(12pm)

December 14th

February

December 28th

(12pm)

January 7th

(12pm)

January 11th   

March

January 25th (12pm)

February 4th (12pm)

February 15th

April

February 22nd  (12pm)

March 4th (12pm)

March 15th

May

March 29th (12pm)

April 1st  (12pm)

April 12th

June

April 26th (12pm)

May 6th (12pm)

May 10th

 

This process will be a continuous one until the annual allowance for the fund has been allocated. When the fund has been fully used up for the year, you will not be able to apply via the website.

 

Why might we refuse your application?

  • Inadequate information relating to the project
  • Incomplete form
  • Incomplete details
  • Vagueness surrounding the project
  • Poor communication
  • An unclear idea of the impact on the community

 

Projects we WOULD fund

Projects we WOULDN’T fund

  • Projects that provide rest bite for carers / young carers.
  • ALL sustainability projects must go through the SSWG.
  • Projects that aim to befriend the elderly.
  • Projects that have issues with safeguarding.
  • Projects aimed at combatting homelessness and the issues surrounding being homeless, for example soup kitchens to combat hunger.
  • Projects that require you to take extra precautions, for example painting walls in a building currently taking out asbestos.
  • Food and survival packs for refugees.
  • Projects abroad.
  • Partnering with local organisations to find gaps in their volunteering schemes.
  • Any projects that aim to raise money for a student group / charity.

 

When submitting an application, you should be sending back: