What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund was established in 2014 to provide funding for projects that enrich the academic, social and cultural life of St John’s. Students, Fellows and staff can apply for an Annual Fund grant, empowering those who know St John’s the best to enact changes that will have the greatest impact. Previous projects have enhanced the College’s outreach work, funded summer schools for current students and provided additional support to the Lady Margaret Boat Club, field sports teams and the Choir.
How does the Annual Fund work?
Applications are accepted from current College members annually between November and January. The applications are then reviewed by a panel of senior officers before being approved by College Council. Funding is allocated to successful projects soon after, meaning that donations made to the Annual Fund have a swift and tangible impact.
Why is the Annual Fund so important?
By encouraging and enabling new initiatives, many of which stimulate fresh thinking and action, the Annual Fund acts as a catalyst for positive and long-term change at the College.
For students who receive a grant, the Annual Fund also offers invaluable business experience through management of their project. Life and work skills they may acquire include overseeing a budget, sticking to a set time frame and, often, working with a small team of peers.