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Cascade: up to £10,000 for student projects

The Cascade funding programme offers staff and current students up to £10,000 in funding for projects that benefit the student experience. Cascade projects may be academic, pastoral or extracurricular, but they must directly enhance the student experience and cascade the positive impact the student community can create.

The programme uses donations from alumni and friends of the university, and has gifted over £1 million to more than 120 projects since 2007. Previous funding has supported student-led initiatives such as Community First Responders, Liter of Light, Global Buddy Scheme and Foodprint.

Of special interest to the programme are projects that:

  • Connect campuses and communities
  • Encourage creativity and innovation
  • Enhance teaching and learning experiences
  • Promote environmental sustainability
  • Advocate for global citizenship
  • Promote healthy bodies and healthy minds

Previously funded projects


This project set up Nottingham’s first social supermarket and a surplus food redistribution network. Foodprint reduces food waste by redirecting food that is fit for consumption, but would otherwise go to waste.

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Community First Responders

Set up in 2014, Community First Responders are a group of trained student volunteers who act as an additional resource to the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

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How to apply

If you're interested in applying for funding, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

UPDATE: due to IT issues, any expressions of interests submitted via the below link have not been received. Please, send your submission by email to to express your interest in applying for the funds. Following this, a member of the team will be in touch.

Please note, the deadline for expression of interest is Monday 8 November 2021.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 14 November 2021.

You may find it helpful to read 'What makes a good application' before applying for Cascade.

If you would like more information, please email

Complete the Expression of Interest form

Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353