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UPP Foundation opens 2022 grants round

Leading higher education charity to fund new pilot initiatives with universities and charities

Students from the adversity to university programme at the University of Chichester, which was awarded funding in the last grants round

In line with its 2025 strategy – Belonging to the Future – this summer the UPP Foundation will award a small number of grants to outstanding projects which tackle key issues within the Foundation’s strategic goals to:

  • Enable students and graduates to succeed
  • Develop green and sustainable civic universities 

Successful applications will value collaboration; demonstrate the potential impact of the project; show how the UPP Foundation can add value and; articulate the project’s long-term sustainability once the funding comes to an end. There is a maximum of £25,000 for any individual grant application. The deadline for applications is 17 June 2022.

Further details, including the grants criteria and application form are available on the Foundation’s website.

Established in 2016, the UPP Foundation has so far invested over £1 million into 34 pilot projects.  During the last funding round, the UPP Foundation received an unprecedented 46 applications. Successful grant applications included a project enabling local homeless people to access education, a tutoring programme for young people retaking GCSEs, and an enquiry into the contribution graduates make to their local communities.

As part of the 2022 funding round, the UPP Foundation will award grants to universities and charities to develop innovative schemes within its new strategic goals.

Jon Wakeford, Chair of the UPP Foundation said:

Since 2016, the UPP Foundation has shown that relatively small amounts of money can make a big impact when it is supporting the right idea, with the right partner. We are looking forward to funding a new and exciting set of projects to advance innovative ideas in the sector – helping students, graduates and universities fulfil their potential to transform lives and communities.

We welcome applications from across the sector – please do apply if you have an idea which meets our grants criteria

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