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Review of the Cascade Grants Programme – Autumn 2018

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Nottingham students can apply to Cascade for a grant to deliver projects that develop their skills and benefit local and international communities. Since 2007, Cascade has awarded £2.2million to over 300 projects.

During Autumn 2018 we’ll be taking some time to review Cascade to determine how we can make it work even better – both for the donors who give and the students who benefit. We’ll be looking at how we can improve the quality of feedback we are able to give to donors, whilst at the same time ensuring that all our processes are GDPR-compliant. We’ll be reviewing the types of projects funded by Cascade, talking to some of the students who stand to benefit and checking that the programme is set up to support their priority needs. We’ll be reviewing how Cascade is administered, in order to make sure that we have the optimum processes in place for accepting donations and putting them to good use.

We’ll need to take a little time out whilst we undertake the review, but are confident that Cascade will return in 2019 even better equipped to do what it has done for over a decade: lending a helping hand to the brilliant ideas our staff and students have – and so transforming the experience of Nottingham students. 

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Previously funded project

Vets in the Community

This innovative project was set up to provide a vet service to homeless and vulnerably housed pet owners in Nottingham city centre.  

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Right to a Future

Physiotherapy and education students from our Nottingham and Malaysia campuses delivered training and treatment to staff and students at Bukit Harapan in Malaysia. 

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Thinking of crowdfunding? Here's a quick guide


Crowdfunding & Peer to Peer fundraising – is it right for your project?
The fundamental question you need to ask is: can I identify a network of people who are likely to pledge to my cause? Start with those closest to you and work outwards. It can help to create a mind map of your potential network before you even start planning. No matter how great your project is – nobody will donate to it unless you promote your page to them! Here are a couple of guides you may find helpful: a general guide to crowdfunding and a guide to promoting your project.
I’m raising funds for one of the University projects which the Campaign Office has identified as a priority.
Great! You can use our Just Giving Account, which will mean you don’t incur platform fees, and the project also stands to benefit from some extra cash in the form of gift aid. When you set up your Just Giving page, select ‘University of Nottingham’ as the charity, and be sure to mention the project in your description.
I’m a student or member of staff raising funds for a big department-wide project.
For a large departmental project – say one aiming to raise a 5 figure sum - you may be able to use the University’s Just Giving account which would bring you some benefits such as zero platform fees. Please make sure you have approval from your Head of School or Department, and then contact with a brief description of what your project is.
I’m a student raising funds so I can go on an internship/study abroad/volunteer for a good cause.
You can use sites like, or to raise money for your project. These will give you flexibility and generally mean that the funds will go directly into your account. Please make sure you have assessed the risk involved with your project – both to you as an individual, and to the reputation of the University. It’s a good idea to run your project by a senior person in your department.
I’m part of a Students’ Union society, volunteering group or student led service.
Please contact who can guide you on the best ways to raise funds for your project. As a first step, you will need to make sure that your fellow members (for example, the society committee) are supportive of your project.


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