What is the Make It Happen Fund?

The purpose of the Make It Happen Fund is to give our most recent graduates access to a competitive pot of seed funding to support their career goals and ambitions. The fund aims to create access to a source of funding that will support our graduates’ early stage career development, in a range of areas such as: training, networking, testing ideas, starting up companies, staging pop-up events or digital performances, and forming new collaborations.

Our graduates from 2018, 2019, or 2020 can apply for a fixed award of £1000.

There are up to 11 awards available.

Who is eligible for funding?

To be eligible to apply to the Make It Happen Fund, you must be a graduate of the RCS within the past three years. (i.e. you will have graduated in Spring or Autumn in 2018, 2019, or 2020). Eligible graduates include undergraduate, taught postgraduates, PhD and DPerf students.

Applicants must reside in the United Kingdom and be able to provide the RCS with proof of home address (example: utility bill or council tax bill).

Individuals can only be awarded funds once through this initiative. Please note that the Make It Happen Lockdown Fund (July 2020) was a one-off funding scheme for 2020 graduates only. Recipients of the 2020 Lockdown Fund may also apply to this round of the Make It Happen Fund 20-21.

*Please note that all awardees are responsible for their own tax .

What size are the funds?

There are up to 11 awards available. Each award is £1000.  Please note that the application process will be competitive, and funds will be granted to those who make the strongest case for support.

The award can either fully-fund your project or part-fund your project. However, if your project success is dependent on additional funding, we would encourage you to highlight information on your other funding sources and a plan if other funding is not available.

How do I make a strong application?

We are looking for applicants to articulate clearly and specifically the learning and development opportunity that the award will provide. It is important that you highlight the difference that this funding, and your project, will make to the next steps in your career. In addition, you must demonstrate clearly how the funds will be spent.

For an idea of what projects can be supported, you can read about the 2019-2020 Make It Happen Fund Awardees here.

The Application Process

Before applying please ensure you read all of the Guidelines.

Should you have any accessibility or BSL requirements please contact keadmin@rcs.ac.uk ahead of application. Video application can be accepted in lieu of a written application.

Applications are now closed. 

Any late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Queries can be directed to Stephanie Edwards at keadmin@rcs.ac.uk.


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