The Greatest Need Fund

The Greatest Need Fund provides funds to use across campus for projects that fall outside statutory funding but are vital to the life of the University. This is made possible by donations from alumni and other friends of the University.

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Supporting Vital University Projects

The Greatest Need Fund

The Greatest Need fund works like a charity trust application scheme, where each December a committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, invite bids to our Friends Programme for funding. We aim to give grants to projects which improve our students' experience of university life, college based projects and initiatives to increase academic resources and excellence.

Over the past 15 years, grants have been given for:

research equipment, entrepreneurship schemes, inter-departmental research collaborations, university-wide events, college facilities, equipment and travel grants for students clubs and societies and outreach projects with local schools

Three students performing at a Student Union event.

How your support benefits students

Thank you!

Here is just a very small sample of the projects which have been funded across campus.

Projects funded


Contact Us

By Post

Philanthropy, Alumni and Supporter Engagement
C Floor
University House
Lancaster University
Bailrigg, Lancaster
United Kingdom

By Phone

+44 (0)1524 594109

We're here Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

By Email

Contact a member of our team directly.

Fundraising Promise

Lancaster University is committed to ensuring that our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful.

View our Fundraising Promise and Formal Complaints Process.