The Harbutt Fund – Bath Spa University

The Harbutt Fund

The Harbutt Fund is named after William Harbutt, a British artist, the inventor of Plasticine and a headmaster of Bath’s Art School from 1874 to 1877. The fund was created to ensure students make the most of their time at university and are able to pursue projects which will enhance their academic and future careers.

Value: Variable depending on application

Individuals may apply for up to £300 and groups of students may apply for a maximum of £1000. Applications for larger amounts may be considered by the Disbursement under exceptional cirmcumstances. All applications must be for unique projects.

Number of awards available: Multiple


The fund is available to any currently enrolled student who wishes to pursue an activity or project which falls outside the criteria of the other awards available.

There is no stipulation as to the type of course being undertaken, however the funds must be used to support your academic and/or future career.

Successful applicants are required to submit a brief report detailing their participation in the funded activity within 14 days of the activity having been completed.

Please note that any projects which involve travel abroad are not eligible for the Harbutt Fund - you should instead apply to the International Travel Fund.

How to apply

Applicants will need to submit the online application form (student login required) along with supporting evidence and a supporting statement from your tutor or subject/course leader.

Please ensure that you read the award Terms and Conditions.

All sections of the form must be fully completed before submission. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for advice and information on how to complete the form.

Should you have any questions or require assistance completing the form please contact the External Affairs Office at

Supporting documentation must be added to the online application as attachments.

No retrospective funding is available — applications cannot be considered in the event that the applicant has already made the associated purchases.

Application deadlines

  • 9.00am (GMT), Monday 21 February 2022
  • 9.00am (BST), Monday 25 April 2022

How applications are judged

All applications will be decided by the Bath Spa University Disbursement panel. The panel will meet within four weeks of each application deadline and applicants should expect to hear an outcome within six weeks. Decisions cannot be appealed.

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