Grants

THE 2022 GRANTS ROUND IS NOW CLOSED.

HERE IS THE INFORMATION WE PUBLISHED ABOUT THE 2022 ROUND IN CASE IT HELPS UNDERSTANDING OF OUR PROCESSES

Do you have a project which would benefit from a Friends of the University grant? If so please send a short email describing your project and the amount requested to: thefriends@reading.ac.uk as soon as possible and in any case by 30th April 2022. We are particularly interested in helping to fund projects which will enhance University-community relations and/or help student or staff extra-curricular activities. We will be in touch shortly after receiving your email to let you know if your project is eligible and whether we need further information. The final decisions will be made in the last week of May and applicants will be informed immediately of the outcome. If you would like further information see below where there is a list of our previous grants. However, please note that while we traditionally mainly funded physical “things”, we will consider funding towards existing projects, staff time, online work, events etc. Note that we give grants only to organisations, not to individuals. Students are welcome to apply but should ensure that a member of UoR staff agrees with the application and can provide information on the University account that the grant is to to paid into. An alternative route would be through another associated organisation such as RUSU.
Below is information on our normal grants procedure. Normally the closing date for applications is early in the Summer Term. The exact date will be advertised towards the end of the Spring Term. Decisions are made by the Friends’ trustees and confirmed within a few weeks of the closing date. Each year we give out around half a dozen grants normally ranging from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand pounds, responding to applications for projects which would not normally be funded from University academic resources. In this way we enrich students’ experiences, provide additional social and cultural amenities, enhance the University’s landscape and support its outreach into the community. Students across University life benefit from contributions. Examples range from materials for an Art/Archaeology outreach project to help towards purchase of an engine for the Scuba Diving Club. Exceptionally during the height of the current Covid pandemic we supported a student welfare fund. Donations to departments have ranged from models of fossilised creatures to paintings. The ceremonial furniture seen in the Great Hall at London Road at Graduation ceremonies was among our earliest grants; we have since since contributed to the refurbishment of its organ. Our funding has enhanced University landmarks, including The Friends’ Bridge over Whiteknights Lake, wildflower meadow planting, and the cloisters that characterise London Road campus. The fine stained-glass window at the Museum of English Rural Life and music stands for concerts by Music at Reading are other examples. The Friends are particularly interested in projects which support the University’s outreach into the wider community. Past examples of such grants include a 3D model of a DNA molecule which can be used both for University teaching and in schools, support of community events such as the Big Band Picnic and completion of an African Drum circle to enable workshops to be held outside the normal curriculum, with local schools and at community events.

Grants awarded

Analysis of grants by decade to 2015

Grant giving policy