Cascade grants

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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

Applications are now open.

This funding round closes for applications on Tuesday 16 July 2024.

Announcements of grants awarded will be made by Thursday 15 August 2024

The Cascade Grants Programme applications process is administered by the Students’ Union. 

Find out more and apply

If you would like more information, please email

Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353