Alumni and Friends Fund
Previously the Annual Fund, the Alumni and Friends Fund is available to both students and staff at Goldsmiths.
Over the last eight years Goldsmiths alumni and friends, including past and present staff, have donated more than £300,000 to Goldsmiths. Through the Alumni and Friends Fund (formerly the Annual Fund), their generosity has helped support hundreds of important projects and provided vital funding for students facing financial hardship. Recent projects supported by alumni and friends include:
- Dedicated Listeners, allowing students to drop by and be heard on any subject by a trained listener.
- Remembering & commemorating the 1977 Battle of Lewisham, a series of community engagement events celebrating local diversity and activism in August 2017.
- Learn a Language which encourages the development of foreign language skills among students and staff while providing a means to connect and socialise Goldsmiths’ diverse linguistic and cultural community.
Both staff and students are eligible to apply and the funds will be paid out twice a year – during the spring and autumn terms.
You can download the terms and conditions here. All award winners claiming money through College departments must read and comply with the College's Expenses Policy.
Can I pay people a salary from the Alumni and Friends Fund?
No, unfortunately you cannot. This is outlined clearly in the Terms and Conditions: “It will not consider any applications that require the payment of any temporary or permanent salary or fee including speaker fees.”
Can I pay for travel from the Alumni and Friends Fund?
No. This is outlined clearly in our Terms and Conditions, “It will not consider any applications that require paying travel costs for one individual. Reasonable expenses may be covered if clearly specified in the budget and do not represent the core of the budget.”
If my last application was unsuccessful, can I apply for the fund again?
Yes, of course. Applications are often rejected when they do not fit the Terms and Conditions of the Alumni and Friends Fund, so please check that they meet the requirements.
How can I make sure my application is successful?
Read the terms and conditions! If your project fits perfectly within the terms and conditions, it has a higher chance of being accepted by the panel. We also ask:
The panel want to see exactly what you are spending the money on, so make sure your budget is detailed and accurate.
Think about how many people your project will impact and why it will impact them. If your project is only impacting a small number of people, think of ways to expand your reach.
When you are writing your proposal, think about what would make your project appealing to a donor. Remember, the fund is donated to by Goldsmiths Alumni and Friends!