Nottingham students have inspirational and potentially world-changing ideas to help communities at home and around the globe. You can be the catalyst that makes their fledging projects a reality through our Cascade grants programme.

From treating the pets of local homeless people to bringing clean water to communities in Borneo, your support can help our students gain valuable skills outside the classroom.

Make a donation and help Nottingham students change lives in worlds beyond their own.

Collage of Cascade projects.


Projects typically fall into one of three categories:

  • Volunteering or outreach work benefiting local or global communities

  • Enabling Students’ Union societies to provide life-changing experiences for Nottingham students

  • Allowing students to undertake work which adds significant value to their academic experience

Through Cascade, Nottingham students develop their skills, social awareness and employability while making a significant impact on communities at home and around the world.




Nottingham students can apply to Cascade for a grant to deliver projects that develop their skills and benefit local and international communities. 

Every penny you give will go directly towards turning great ideas into reality, allowing students to develop their skills and make a positive social impact on local and international communities.

Donate to Cascade



Vets in the community students with a dog.
Thanks to your donations, veterinary students are able to help pets belonging to homeless and vulnerably housed people in the Nottingham area. The clinic is student led, under the supervision of qualified staff, and gives students the opportunity to develop skills in a real life practice scenario. You can learn more about the impact Vets in the Community has had during the cost-of-living crisis here.
Ben Payne inside the flight simulator.
When third year Aerospace Engineering student Ben Payne discovered there was a flight simulator in the Faculty of Engineering, he realised he had a unique opportunity to share this passion and inspire a new generation of aviation addicts. Thanks to donations to Cascade he was able to purchase cutting edge equipment to help others. You can read more about his story here.



I decided to study architecture because I believe the built environment can make a real difference to people’s lives. Seeing the project through from beginning to end has been so rewarding - meeting the children is a memory that will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to everyone who supported our project. Your gifts will not only help the school children of Lephapane now, but future generations of children will grow up in the school you’ve helped us to build. This project is just the beginning for them.

Rachel Levy, architecture student, who helped build a new nursery for the community in Lephepane, South Africa.

How you can help

Your belief and backing gives Nottingham students the chance to use their skills to tackle issues affecting commmunities in need. 

Support a student project today