Creative Hardship Fund

Fund your final year projects for your showcases or portfolios and bring them to life with the help of the Creative Hardship Fund.
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About the fund

The Creative Hardship Fund is designed to provide financial support for students' final projects, ensuring they have the necessary resources to bring their creative visions to life. It aims to alleviate financial barriers that students may face in realising their projects for final-year showcases, ensuring equal opportunities for all students to excel in their final presentations and enhance their portfolios.

Please note that this funding opportunity is specifically tailored to support individual students with their final projects and is not intended for club or society activities. Opportunities for student group funding are available through the Activities team.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application, please feel free to contact our team at

How to Apply

To be eligible for the Creative Hardship Fund, projects must meet the following criteria:


1.1 For Students: The application for funding must be made by currently enrolled final-year students of Falmouth University or University of Exeter, Cornwall.

1.2 Portfolio and Showcase: The fund must be used for the purpose of realising creative projects for the final showcase and portfolio.

1.3. Innovation and Creativity: The project should demonstrate originality, creativity, and innovation in its concept, design, or approach.

Application Process

2.1 Submission: Applicants must complete and submit the official Creative Hardship Fund application form. The application should include a detailed project breakdown, budget estimate, timeline, and expected outcomes.

2.2 Review: The SU will review all applications based on the eligibility criteria mentioned above

Funding Guidelines

Funding Limits: The maximum funding available per student is £80. Any spending that is set to take place must happen between 9 May 2024 and 30 June 2024.

Budget Allocation

Funding can be requested for project-related expenses, including but not limited to materials,

Reporting and Accountability

5.1. Project Updates: Recipients of the Student Project Fund must provide updates to The SU on progress of the project, including any changes. This should be written updates via email. Frequency of updates will be agreed with The SU and the project lead

5.2. Final Report: A final report must be submitted upon completion of the project, detailing the outcomes, impact and lessons learned. The reports will be published on the Students’ Union website. A member of The SU team will be able to offer support with writing the report.

Approval and Disbursement

6.1. Approval: Once the project is approved for funding, The SU will notify the applicant. Before receiving the funding, the student will be asked to submit relevant documentation, such as a project plan and specific expense details. The SU will then provide instructions for the disbursement of funds and support students with documentation.


The fund is currently closed! 


  • Online students are eligible, but everyone who applies must be in their final year.

  • Masters students are eligible, as they are in their final year.

  • How will I receive the money? By direct payment – the Students’ Union will directly pay for any expenses, i.e. we will order your requested supplies or reimburse you for purchases made after 10 May 2024 and before 30 June 2024.

  • Think this fund isn't for you?Have an idea for an event, campaign or project with a focus on helping build student community? Check out the Student Project Fund!

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