Covid Response Fund

What is the covid response fund?

The University has recently given us £10,000 to allocate to students who have been financially impacted as a result of Covid-19.

In order to allocate the additional funds fairly, please be aware that any amount awarded will be small and is designed to help with a short term difficulty for those who find themselves in financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.

Am I eligible for the Covid Response Fund?

If you have suffered short term financial hardship in any of the following ways, please complete the application form below to apply for the Covid Response Fund:

  • Additional heating costs
  • Health care e.g. prescriptions, nappies, sanitary products
  • Digital poverty
  • Upgrading Wi-Fi
  • Repairing personal laptops
  • Purchasing course materials normally obtained through UoB Library Services
  • Increased food costs
  • Increased travel costs
  • Other unexpected costs as a result of Covid-19

You will only be eligible for this fund if you are suffering financial hardship and if you are requesting financial support for something that is short term (e.g. a few weeks).  Please note that any claims for funds significantly above what the fund can offer, will also mean you are not eligible to receive any help from the fund.

If you are unsure if you would be eligible for the Covid Response Fund, please email Guild Advice (guildadvice@guild.bham.ac.uk) who can help and advise other options that may be available to you, if necessary.

Evidence

When you apply for the fund, you will need to clearly explain why you are in unexpected hardship and be able to provide evidence to show what finances are currently available to you.

Evidence can include:

  • A clear reason to request financial support
  • Proof of student status
  • Evidence of low income e.g. bank statements,
  • Cost of a specific financial burden e.g. a quote for repairs
  • An application to the University Student Support fund (if you are requesting substantial financial support)

Awards

In order to ensure we can provide help to as many of our students as possible, we have created 3 levels of awards, that could be allocated to you.  These awards are:

  • Level 1 = £30
  • Level 2 = £50
  • Level 3 = £100

If you are in significant financial hardship and are requiring more than £100, please let us know and we can further advise on any additional support that may be available.

How Do I Apply?

Please complete our Covid Response Fund Application Form and attach any supporting documents you have!

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Once we receive your form, your application will be considered by a panel who meet twice a week.  Please be aware that due to high demand, it may take up to 2 weeks to receive a response/outcome, but please be assured that we are working through the applications as quickly as we can.

If you are in urgent and immediate hardship, please indicate this on your application form.

If you have been waiting longer than 2 weeks for an outcome,  please email Guild Advice (guildadvice@guild.bham.ac.uk).


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