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Funding from £100 to £3000 to turn your idea into a reality…

The Lord Rootes Fund is intended to encourage creativity, innovation and positive impact and is open to all current Warwick students.
Applications for 2020/21 are now closed
About the Lord Rootes Fund

The Lord Rootes Fund is intended to encourage creativity, innovation and positive impact through support of projects by individual and groups of University of Warwick students, especially projects that:

  1. Demonstrate innovative and creative thinking
  2. Encourage personal development and challenge in pursuit of an idea or objective
  3. Create new enterprises, cultural initiatives and/or positive social impact
Who can apply?

Full or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate Warwick students/groups of students on courses of at least one year's duration, including students about to leave the University, provided the project is limited to the period of the long vacation. See Fund Regulations.

For group projects only those students who will be involved in organising the project and writing the report should be included as applicants.

How much funding is available?

Grants usually range from £100 to £3,000 - you are encouraged to apply only for the minimum level of funding that you need to carry out the project.

Need some inspiration?

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Warwick Cup is a student-led social enterprise which aims to reduce the waste produced by single-use cups through a reusable cup-sharing system on campus. This initiative was founded by Hollie Ryan, Maddie Booth, and Ellie Church, all of whom studied Global Sustainable Development at Warwick. The project was part-funded by an award from the Lord Rootes Fund and launched in Spring 2020.

Throughout the world, single-use cups are a huge sustainability challenge. As reported by the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee, ‘2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK - enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times - but less than 1 in 400 - just 0.25% - are recycled.’ According to the Warwick Boar, in their incisive interview with the Warwick Cup founders, ‘750,000 single-use cups are piling up at Warwick each year’.

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When do I carry out the project?

Projects are usually carried out during the summer vacation. In exceptional cases, and only where an applicant candemonstrate that a project can only be accomplished within an earlier timescale, applications may be considered for projects to be carried out during the Christmas or Easter vacations.

How do I apply?

See Apply for Funding.

Do I need to write a report?

Yes. The final 20% of the award will only be paid on submission of an acceptable report. See Writing a Report and Fund Regulations.

Who was Lord Rootes?

Lord Rootes was a noted Coventry motor manufacturer and the innovative Chairman of the Promotion Committee which founded the University of Warwick. Lord Rootes’ untimely death Rootes Group Logoin 1964 prevented him being installed as the University’s first Chancellor. To commemorate Lord Rootes' commitment to innovation and enterprise and to the University of Warwick, distributors of Rootes Group products generously contributed to a fund to encourage student enterprise and effort, supporting imaginative projects by groups and individual students.