Community Chest Fund

Do you want to help your local community?

Have you thought of a way to contribute to the safety, social harmony and environment in which you live?

Would you like to promote social responsibility and community engagement to students and long-term residents?

If so, apply to the Community Chest Fund and receive a grant of up to £500 to make your project a reality and your community an even better place to live.

To check that you meet the criteria and apply for the fund, please complete this form

With the help of past grants, students have run a number of projects that have not only helped to combat waste management, noise and crime issues, but also further strengthened relationships between themselves and local residents.



Curry in the Park - Radford Recreation Ground

Radford Recreation Ground is located in an area of high-density student housing. In October of every year, just after students have moved in, the Radford and Park Nottingham City Councillors hold a community cohesion event to bring together this diverse community.

The big attraction is the delicious, authentic homemade curry which attendees are served free of charge. In the past, student groups such as BlowSoc have performed to entertain the crowds.

United through good food and music, students and long-term residents mingle together and enjoy an afternoon in the park.

Community Chest funding, 2022: £500

Curry in Park




Canning Christmas Lights Switch-on, Canning Circus

As the meeting point of Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park, and the City Centre, Canning Circus is a very busy thoroughfare for students and residents.

One of the highlights of the Christmas season is the annual switch-on of the Canning contemporary tree, which is highly anticipated by the surrounding community. Local school children, choirs and university music groups perform festive favourites to get everyone in the mood, while mulled wine, mince pies and cakes from CakeSoc have all been enjoyed at recent events.

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University jointly funded this event with £250 from each institution. 

Community Chest funding, 2022: £250 




ONE Kegworth - Welcome Fair Sutton Bonington

Being situated so close to University Park Campus, Dunkirk is home to hundreds of students, as well as long-term residents. The local community centre holds an open tea afternoon every year where the whole community is invited to sample food from around the globe.

Malaysian Soc and Cake Soc have previously provided free food samples, while Sustainability Soc have delivered a craft workshop for kids. Musicality Soc have even performed songs from their shows to keep everyone entertained, and the SU Volunteer Centre has supported the event by recruiting general helpers to serve the tea and coffee.

This event is always well attended and loved by students and the wider community every year.

Community Chest Funding, 2023: £315


Stall at Welcome Fair April - Students NEW



Students at the stand - Lenton Festival

Lenton Festival - Lenton Recreation Ground

Lenton Recreation Ground is one of many Green Flag parks in Nottingham and is very popular with students all year round. Towards the end of the summer term, local city councillors, local resident groups and community organisations organise a festival for the whole community.

In 2022, there was a bouncy castle, and sports day races were enjoyed along with a hot days and entertainment from school children, dance groups and university societies. The SU Community Officer ran a tombola and the Community Engagement team staffed an information stall all day while the SU Volunteer Centre provided some general stewards to help the day run smoothly.

Community Chest Funding, 2023: £500




One Kegworth - Kegworth Village

Kegworth in North West Leicestershire is a popular place to live with University of Nottingham students studying at the nearby Sutton Bonington Campus. There are approximately 800 students living in Kegworth.

One Kegworth was founded in 2016 when a group of like-minded people from the community joined each other with a vision of bringing all the events that happen in Kegworth together for one big weekend event.

The first event consisted of a wide range of activities, events, demonstrations, celebrations and more. The driving force for this exciting weekend was to bring the community together and showcase the wide range of activities available in the village.

In 2017, One Kegworth won the Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Achievement Award for Best Community Engagement initiative. We’re very proud that Nottingham students make such a strong contribution to the community and even sit on the One Kegworth Committee.

The One Kegworth events have received grants of up to £500 from the Community Chest fund.





Paint the Town - Dunkirk and Lenton

Paint the Town - Dunkirk and Lenton

The Sherwin Road and Grove Road railway bridges are well-trodden walkways for students living in Lenton as they make their way to and from university. Families are also great users of the underpass, as the bridges are positioned close to Dunkirk Primary School and Edna G. Olds Academy.

In recent years, these bridges have become dilapidated and somewhat unloved. It could make the walkway seem dark and uninviting for pedestrians and cycle users.

In 2017 Abel Hartman, the then SU Community Officer launched the ‘Paint the Town’ competition, which challenged university students to come up with designs to refurbish the worn-down old bridges. The winners would go on to have their designs applied to the bridges by a professional artist.

The competition was funded through a successful community chest application for £250.




Malaysian Festival, Beeston

Beeston is popular with our students as they value living in a vibrant and diverse community, located very close to University Park campus. A group of international students add to this community spirit by hosting the annual Malaysian Festival. Held by the Malaysian Society, it offers the Beeston community the chance to experience everything that is unique about Malaysian culture – from its food and handicrafts to games and traditional dances.

Along one side of Beeston Square, gazebos shelter trestle tables full of traditional Malaysian games and handicrafts, while at the very centre of the hubbub, a wide space is cordoned off for traditional dancing – each routine painstakingly choreographed by one of the members of the organising committee.

The event is always well attended by local residents and students alike with the highlight being the chance to sample delicious food from the cooking show and the various food vendors catering for the event

Community Chest Funding, 2019: £500


Malaysian Festival, Beeston



Building a community - Charles, Lawley and Varden Avenues

The student and non-student residents of Charles, Lawley and Varden Avenues in Lenton Abbey have enjoyed the support of Community Chest funding from the University of Nottingham for a number of years. The Neighbourhood Watch group is led by local resident Steve Hadfield, now in his 29th year as coordinator, who supports residents against becoming victims of crime and reckons the best way to do this is by working together as a community.

As soon as new residents move in, the group post a welcome letter through the letterbox. This contains helpful information about wheelie bins, buses, post boxes and parking. It also contains contact details for someone they can approach for help if they need it.

Not content with just being a useful point of contact, Steve organises popular community events such as Halloween parties, scarecrow day, quiz nights and street parties. The group has had 60 people attend the Halloween event, with some Chinese students bringing homemade food which was a real talking point. All events have involved students and have helped them feel that they belong to a community.

Community Chest Funding, 2020: £300


Building a community - Charles, Lawley and Varden Avenues