The Alumni Impact Fund for students is a pot of money that has been charitably donated to the University by alumni. It is open to all students (individuals, groups and Sports clubs) applying for funding towards student-led projects.
We are looking to fund a broad range of student community projects. AIF funded projects must be innovative, collaborative, support inclusion and diversity, and/or support the skills development of members, and have a positive impact on the student experience and wider community.
Not sure if your project/activity can be funded by the Alumni Impact Fund? Email Lydia Buffery with an outline of your activity, and arrange a meeting.
Application and pitch
To apply for the Alumni Impact Fund, you need to complete an application form with details of your project, ensuring it meets the criteria (see below). Please include a breakdown of the project budget, as this will increase your chances of your application being shortlisted.
Once applications have been shortlisted, the selected candidates will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of alumni and senior University staff. The panel will then decide which projects will receive funding. Several projects will also be given the chance to double their money, with our alumni community voting for their favourite project on our @birminghamalum social media.
All successful applicants will be asked to provide a "Thank You" to our alumni donors and a full report of their project once completed.
Who is my staff advocate?
NB: If you are looking for information on the Alumni Impact Fund for staff, visit the appropriate webpage.
For the Alumni Impact Fund for students, applicants are required to include a staff advocate. This person will be expected to provide ongoing support and advice to successful applicants for the duration of their project. Remember, the Alumni Impact Fund for students is for student-led projects, while the Alumni Impact Fund for staff is for staff-led projects.
- Every application must have the support of a staff member at the University, regardless of the amount requested
- Guild affiliated groups – please list your advocate as a member of Guild of Students staff
- UoB Sport and Fitness affiliated groups – please list your advocate as a member of UoB Sport staff
- Non-affiliated groups or individuals – please discuss your application with a member of staff who is either linked to you or your project. For example, this could be your college's Student Experience Officer, personal tutor, your research group lead, staff from Careers Network or the Chaplaincy etc. They must be known to you and must endorse your project!
There is further information for staff advocates in the drop down box below.
The Birmingham Award
Undergraduate students who apply to the Alumni Impact Fund are able to claim points towards The Birmingham Award.