UCL East


Community Engagement Seed Fund

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The Community Engagement Seed Fund is a small grants funding round designed to support the development of engagement activities and partnership opportunities with east London communities.

Funding is available to support the development and/or delivery of projects with east London partners, particularly those from the Voluntary Community Sector (this could include both formally constituted organisations, and more informal groups such as residents associations). The projects should be founded on the principles of collaboration, co-production and two way dialogue with the identified partner. Grants can be used to further existing relationships or be a catalyst to sparking new partnerships and initiatives. We particularly look to support projects that work with communities often exluded from research.
The grants will aim to create the space and opportunity for members UCL staff and students to deliver or develop activity fitting with the vision of UCL East as an accessible, publically engaged university. Funded projects will be expected to:

  • Establish or develop a partnership between Academic Staff or Students connected to UCL East and community groups or organisations from east London (Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest)
  • Be based on the principles of collaboration, co-production and dialogue.
  • Value equally the skills and expertise of both academic and community partnership.
  • Have clear and tangible outputs and outcomes.

The community engagment team are now accepting applications. Please find the scheme guidance, application form and application form guidance below.

Please note: We expect all applications to consider alternatives where face to face contact may not be possible, and subsequent accessibility implications for engagement activities such as digital poverty.

Following feedback, we are trialling a rolling programme of funding this year, but please be aware all funds must be spent by the 31 July 2021 regardless of the date of application.

Panel meetings will be held monthly until the pot is distributed. The next meeting will take place week commencing 19th April 2021 and will include all applications received before 13th April 2021.

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