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Step Up

It's time to step up and make change.

Work with CUSU and receive funding of up to £250 to launch your sustainability project or idea with our Step Up sustainability fund.

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Applying for Funding

Applications are welcome throughout the year, but as a limited fund, we recommend applying as soon as possible. You can apply for up to £250 for your project. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Community & Inclusion team.


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We recommend reading the information on these pages, including our tips on developing your idea, first to give your project the greatest chance of success!

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Your Project

Any project which focuses on sustainability is welcome, but we recommend ensuring that your project aligns with at least one of our 8 aims. Check out our guide on developing your idea. 

Developing Your Idea

About the Fund

Project Aims

The 'Step Up' fund has 8 aims that your student project should try to meet. You do not have to meet all the aims, but your project should align with at least one of the below:  

  • Engaging students in climate justice and environmental sustainability 
  • Creating a lasting change on campus
  • Creating a lasting change in the wider community 
  • Improving student health and wellbeing
  • Improving responsible consumption and production amongst students and/or the university
  • Reducing environmental harm or damage 
  • Reducing inequalities faced by students and/or the wider community 
  • Raising awareness and educating students on how to live more sustainably

Funded Projects

This fund has just launched, and you could be one of the first projects to receive an award! Check back soon to see which projects have been funded.



This fund is provided by Santander, working in partnership with CUSU Community & Inclusion. Santander is firmly committed to progress and inclusive, sustainable growth, with a long-standing dedication to higher education that sets it apart from the world's other financial institutions. With a tailored package of financial and in-kind support, they help students boost their career prospects through paid internships or overseas travel; empower them to make their business ideas a reality; and support their learning with scholarships and bursaries.

To find out more about Santander support students, visit Santander Universities UK 

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