YuFund offers grants to developmental and community projects run by student clubs and societies, departments and colleges.

The Fund is supported by donations from alumni and friends of the University of York, and aims to provide students with as many opportunities as possible. It is intended as a way to fund the development of projects rather than operational and core staffing costs.

YuFund supports projects that:

  • make opportunities equally accessible for students;
  • contribute to the work of the University locally, nationally or internationally, supporting the University's strategy as a University for public good
  • contribute to student mental health or wellbeing;
  • help student enterprise or employability to succeed;
  • create an active creative community on campus and beyond;
  • create physical or digital spaces to enrich the life of our community.

YuFund does not support:

  • Operational costs
  • Staff or casual worker costs
  • Food and drink for events

The maximum amount you can apply for is £10,000. The majority of applications received are between £1,000 and £5,000, but you may apply for any amount up to £10,000.

Recent successful projects

  • Supporting York Chinese Supporters and Scholars Association to pull together their vibrant gala, celebrating Chinese culture and welcoming in the year of the dragon. 
  • Halifax College Netball club received funding to support the purchase of new equipment and kit, strengthening the team’s identity and increasing membership.
  • Funding was awarded to Fencing Society, to upgrade and invest in their wheelchair fencing facilities, helping the club to become a more accessible sport for all. 


Applications for YuFund are now closed, and will reopen in Autumn 2024. Applicants to the Summer 2024 round will hear from YuFund after the panel meeting on 6 June. For flexibile fundraising to suit your needs, please head to YuStart.

If you have any questions in the meantime please contact yufund@york.ac.uk 

All grants awarded as part of this disbursement round must be used by 1 December 2024. If your planned activity is due to start or take place after December, please consider applying for the next disbursement round in Autumn 2024.

University of Opportunity

Supporting students is at the heart of what we do. Our mission is to ensure that every student at York can succeed, as a University of Opportunity.

As the University of York Student’s Union President, I have seen first hand the massive impact that YuFund has on the student experience in a number of ways. YuFund provides the specialist funding that we need to get a lot of groups off the ground and functioning at the highest level possible

Pierrick Roger, YUSU students' union president 2022 to 2024

Find out more about the University of Opportunity