Community

How to Apply

The first application deadline is Wednesday 30 June 2021Please download the guidance notes and send completed application forms to communityfund@imperial.ac.uk.

Join our Ideas Surgery on Tuesday 8 June for help and advice. 

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We are committed to investing in our community, our people and our places, to increase our connections to one another and to our collective goals and aspirations.

As part of this commitment, we have established the President’s Community Fund to invest in the most important areas determined by student priorities. The fund has £1m available each year for the next five years to support projects across all campuses.

The President’s Community Fund welcomes applications from both students and staff for proposals to enhance College spaces to suit our interactions post pandemic and to have a lasting impact on the College community. We encourage collaborative proposals co-created by staff and students.


The President's Community Fund has been introduced to

  1. Enhance the student experience and benefit the wider College community.
  2. Improve existing facilities and/or address a shortfall in current facilities.
  3. Encourage collaboration across diverse parts of the College community and foster inclusivity and community cohesion.
  4. Create a lasting impact on the College community.

What we are looking for

The Fund will support projects that provide or improve spaces that can be utilised College wide. Previous projects funded include:

  • SW7 gym refurbishment on the ground floor of Ethos
  • Shared common space furniture to create collaborative spaces to work and relax
  • Equipment for the new student makerspace in South Kensington

Read more about the projects the President's Fund has supported. 

Information for Applicants

Funding and Eligibility

The President’s Community Fund will provide £5m over 5 years to support a variety of small, medium and large projects. Proposals are welcomed from all College campuses and collaborative proposals between staff and students are encouraged.

To be eligible to apply, projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be staff members and/or students at Imperial College London.
  2. The project must aim to enhance the student experience and benefit the wider College community. 
  3. The project must take place on College property.
  4. The cost of the project must total between £15,000 and £150,000.

How to Apply

The first application deadline is Wednesday 30 June 2021Please download the guidance notes and application form‌ and send completed forms to communityfund@imperial.ac.uk.

Applications will be reviewed quarterly by the Estates Strategy Group, with subsequent deadlines on 30 September 2021, 31 December 2021 and 31 March 2022.


Drop in Ideas Surgery

Join us at our drop in Ideas Surgery for the President's Community Fund. Professor Neil Alford (Associate Provost, Academic Planning), Nick Roalfe (Director of Estates), Shauna Murphy (Head of Space Management and Planning) and Ross Unwin (ICU Deputy President for Clubs and Societies) will be available to discuss your ideas, provide advice for applications and answer your questions.

Sign up for the session on Tuesday 8 June, 14:00-15:00 on Microsoft Teams.


For any questions, please contact communityfund@imperial.ac.uk.

Process and Reporting

  • Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered and shortlisted by the Estates Strategy Group to assess their feasibility and any overlap with existing strategic plans. 
  • Successful projects will be managed by Imperial College London Project/Building Managers.
  • Applicants will be invited to be involved in developing the vision of the project, although final decisions on feasibility, timeline and budget will be made by the Project/Building Managers.
  • Project activities will be documented to capture the process and the outcome, which may be shared with the wider College community through the President’s webpages and/or internal news stories.

Review of Applications

Applications will be reviewed against the following six criteria: 

  • Impact - The project must benefit the College community and enhance the student experience. What is the need for the project and how will it benefit all those involved? Are there realistic objectives and timelines with a clear plan for delivery?
  • Targeted - The project must identify a clear target area that would benefit from the project. Does the project target a specific audience with a clear rationale for why?
  • Relevance - The project must improve existing facilities and/or address a shortfall in current facilities. Is the project available elsewhere in the College? Why are the specific improvements needed now?
  • Collaboration - The project must encourage collaboration across diverse parts of the College community. How will your project engage and bring together members of the College community?
  • Inclusivity - The project must demonstrate how they will foster inclusivity and community cohesion. Have all backgrounds and circumstances be considered? Are you actively encouraging all to take part?
  • Legacy - The project must demonstrate how they will have a lasting impact on the College community. Will there be skills developed that can be applied elsewhere? Will relationships/collaborations developed be maintained?