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We are looking to support projects that sit within our strategic themes

Projects we fund

The UPP Foundation is looking to support projects that tackle key issues within our strategic themes. Successful applications will need to demonstrate:

  • A new or innovative approach to tackling relevant issues
  • A commitment to collaboration and/or working in partnership
  • How the UPP Foundation can measurably add value to the project
  • A clear plan for long-term sustainability independent of support from the UPP Foundation

Organisations we fund

The UPP Foundation typically funds universities and registered charities in the UK. We will also consider applications from non-registered groups with a clear social purpose, social enterprises, community groups and other charitable bodies. We will not support applications from individuals.

Please read the criteria carefully to make sure that each application meets the organisation and project criteria before applying.

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Size of grants

The UPP Foundation will typically provide a range of grants between £5,000 and £20,000. Trustees will consider applications outside of that scale, however applicants should be aware that successful bids for larger grants will be less frequent and will need to demonstrate greater impact and value than a typical grant.

All applications need to include a budget detailing how the grant income will be spent efficiently. Applications that do not provide a real reflection of costs will be rejected. Information and case studies about projects we are or have previously supported can be found in the themes section.

When and how to apply

There are no deadlines or closing dates, applications can be received at any point throughout the year. We encourage grant applicants to discuss any potential application with the UPP Foundation. To discuss this further and/or request an application form, please email us.

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Assessment process

Each application is considered on its merits based on the information provided in the application form. Due diligence will also be carried out by the UPP Foundation and we may request further information or a meeting/visit in advance of Trustees deciding the outcome of each application. We will acknowledge the receipt of each application by email.

Eligible applications will be reviewed at quarterly Trustee meetings and grant decisions shared following each meeting with the relevant individuals.

Reporting requirement

All successful applicants will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). As part of the MOU, the UPP Foundation requires all successful applicants to measure, monitor and evaluate the impact of the funded project and report back to the UPP Foundation in a timely manner. Details of the reporting requirement will be included in the MOU.

Nottingham Cultural Outreach

Nottingham University and the UPP Foundation have teamed up to extend the University’s cultural outreach programme for local schools in deprived areas in and around Nottingham.

Student Minds

The UPP Foundation has formed a partnership with Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, to run the Student Living project in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University. The project will help to inform the higher education sector’s approach to student mental health.

Contact UPP Foundation

The UPP Foundation is a grant-making body and a public policy platform, working to encourage collaboration and innovation within the higher education sector.

If you would like to contribute to this discourse or find out more about the UPP Foundation please get in touch.

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