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Help fund a student project

Nottingham students are never short of great ideas to help others but sometimes they need help to get their projects off the ground. 

By giving to Cascade – our fund which supports student projects – you can help turn great ideas into reality, benefiting communities at home and around the world. 

Since 2008, gifts from alumni and friends have supported over 200 innovative projects - yet many more are waiting for funding today. 

Please donate and help our students develop themselves by giving something back to those in need.    

Community First Responders group photo
THANK YOU for your support - you make student projects possible

What is Cascade?    

Cascade is our student project fund, made possible through the generous support of alumni and friends. Students can apply for up to £25,000 for projects that boost opportunities for their peers and the wider community.     

In today's competitive job market, extra-curricular activities and volunteering have never been more important. They open the door to new people and places, and help our students learn valuable life skills outside of their studies.


Great student projects in action 

Pulp Friction

Thanks to a £3,000 grant students started a business selling sweet treats at social events from a tricycle – helping local people with learning disabilities in Nottingham gain skills and vital work experience.

Three alumni giving £10 a month was enough to cover the cost of renting vehicles and attending events.
Pulp Friction Tricycle at an event

Community First Responders

Medical students from our Derby campus used £7,000 for a life-saving community project alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service, with students providing moral and clinical support to people in distress before the ambulance arrives. 

By donating £25 you could help get life-saving projects like this off the ground and into the community.



Community First Responders work with the East Midlands Ambulance Service

Donations make student projects possible 

Cascade relies 100% on the generosity of alumni and friends donating to the programme.

Without your support, we don’t have any grants to give. Our fund is regularly over-subscribed and we can't support all the projects asking for our help.   

Please donate today and help Nottingham students use their talents and skills to help change lives around the world.  






Other ways to help


Alumni Relations

Portland Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2408
fax: +44 (0)115 951 3937