UCL East


Community Engagement Development Funding

The UCL East Community Engagement Development Fund is a small grants funding scheme for UCL staff and post graduate research students who have previously received funding for an engagement project in east London. It is designed to build capacity for previously funded project to deepen the impact of ongoing engagement practice.

Applications are now open

Grants from the Development Fund will be made to previously funded project leads and should aim to either:

  1. Develop engaged practice, building on learning from a previously funded project(s).
  2. Embed engagement and partnership working within the work of the project lead or the ongoing work of their team or department.
  3. Adapt and develop projects in response to learning and evaluations from initial project(s).

It is expected that the work funded through this scheme will explicitly build on the work that was previously funded. This does not mean that the work should be more of the same, rather that you will need to evidence how this new activity has come from learning in that previous work.

If you haven't been funded before, we recommend you apply for the Community Engagement Seed Fund.

About the Community Engagement Development Funding

Funded work should continue to be founded on the principles of collaboration, co-production, and two-way dialogue with an identified partner(s). As part of our ongoing work to improve the inclusivity and accessibility of the scheme, we encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but, not exclusive to, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. Grants can be used to further existing relationships or be a catalyst to sparking new partnerships and initiatives.

We expect to award funding for individual projects  in the region of £2,000 - £4,000 from an overall fund of £8,000 for 2022-23. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while money remains in the budget.

What can the grant be used for?


As this is a development fund, we cannot prescribe the activities that you should be doing, but these project should be built on learning from community engagement activity previously funded in east London, and represent a step change in the engagement work of the applicant or their team/department. More details can be found in the below guidance.

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    How to apply

    If you are interested in applying for this funding, please email engagement-east@ucl.ac.uk to speak to a member of the team in the first instance.

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but once the funding pot has been allocated we will be unable to accept any more applications.

    Project delivery: January– July 2022 (please note all project spend must be complete by 31st July 2023).

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    If you wish to find out more information about the Community Engagement Seed Fund, or need documents in a different format, or want to know more about other UCL East engagement funding opportunities email the UCL East Community Engagement team.