Activities Development Fund

The Activities Development Fund (ADF) is a large pot of money set aside at the start of the year for Clubs, Societies & Projects to apply to throughout the year to support any new or developing activities they may be trying to achieve and that could not have budgeted for during Annual Budgeting.

Historically, ADF has also processed applications for CSPs applying for contingency funding and unexpected expenditure. These competencies are now being moved to a staff-managed process to allow for long-term financial planning and support. CSPs with such applications should still apply to through the ADF process. If the issue is deemed more appropriate for long-term support, the CSP will be notified of the issue by ICU and a meeting will be arranged.

All applications are reviewed by the Activities Development Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Clubs, Societies & Projects Board (CSPB). 

Criteria & Guidelines

The Fund is to support Clubs, Societies & Projects with the following:

  • What the ADF will not consider for funding
    • Food and Drink
    • Trips or Tours
    • Project funding for overseas Volunteering/project groups 
    • No air travel
    • The committee is unable to give money to charities or towards events where proceeds are then given to charity. 
    • The committee will not fund clothing, stash or personalised leisurewear.
    • Prizes or gifts

Application Process

Applicants are advised to read the Criteria and Guidance above before completing their application. If you would like support before you submit your application or you have any queries about the criteria please contact the Deputy President (Clubs & Societies).

Please note all Trips related funding  will need  to go through the trip funding process. Please see here for Trip process information and the trip funding page

When the Round Application Deadline Closes, all applications are sent to the ADF committee for review. Once reviewed a member of The Student Activities Team will email you with the outcome of your application.  

Submit an ADF Application Form here - Applications for the academic year 2023 - 2024 are no longer being accepted 

There is no appeals process for applications, and the committee have the choice to fully fund, reject or partially fund your applications. 

Dates & Deadlines

Below you can view the funding deadline dates for ADF for the current academic year:


Application Deadline
Outcome Date
One Sunday 15th October w/c 30th October
Two Sunday 12th November  w/c 27th November
Three Sunday 21st January w/c 5th February 
Four Sunday 25th February w/c 11th March
Five Sunday 12th May w/c 27th May

This form will stay live throughout, If you miss a round, your application will be reviewed in the following funding round discussions. All applications that met the deadline will receive a confirmation email. 

If you have any queries regarding the administration of the fund please email the Student Activities Team

Successful Applications

For any applications that are successful we are happy for you to spend the money from you Grant as soon as it is approved. It may take up to 3 working weeks for the funds to show in your grant transaction lines. 

Any unspent ADF funds will be clawed back at the end of the year and does not roll over.