UCL East


Community Engagement Seed Fund

The UCL East Community Engagement Seed Fund is a small grants funding round for UCL staff and post graduate research students. It is designed to support the development of engagement activities and partnership opportunities with east London communities.

Applications will be open later this academic year.

Grants are available to UCL staff and post graduate research students who are or will be part of our new UCL East campus, or whose work is in east London and is to the ambition for the UCL East campus to be a collaborative member of the east London community. These grants are intended for the development and/or delivery of projects with east London community partners, particularly those from the Voluntary and Community Sector (this could include both formally constituted organisations, and more informal groups such as residents' associations). 

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About the Community Engagement Seed Fund

The projects should be related to the vision of UCL East and should be founded on the principles of collaboration, co-production, and two-way dialogue with the identified partner. 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, and 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.

Six grants of up to £4,000 will be made available to support public engagement activities in partnership with east London communities.

What can the grant be used for?

We do not wish to be prescriptive about the type of activity, but it could include, workshops, online events or festivals, exhibitions, or other dialogue-based activities. The grants will aim to create the space and opportunity for members of UCL East research centres and their partners to deliver or develop activity fitting with the vision of UCL East as an open, accessible, and publicly engaged university campus. The grant can be used to cover the costs related to your activity including, but not limited to, materials, catering, travel costs, and covering the time of partners. It can also be used to pay for time for project support at UCL, for example, employing students or casual staff to help deliver the project or activities.

Applications must:

  • Establish or develop a partnership between academic staff or post graduate research students from UCL and community groups or organisations from east London (Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest).
  • Be based on the principles of collaboration, co-production, and mutual benefit.
  • Value equally the skills and expertise of both academic and community partnerships.
  • Have clear and tangible outputs and outcomes.
  • Evaluate, learn from, and share their engagement activities.

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    How to apply

    You will need to apply via our online form. You can use the Word document below to draft your application

    Download the Seed Fund scheme guidance (word).
    Download the Seed Fund draft application form and guidance (word) - this is for drafting your responses only and all submissions should be made via the online form.

    If you need the forms, or guidance in a different format please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate.


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    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 UCL East Community Engagement team.