Public Engagement

Community Engagement Event Activity Fund

With the cancellation of this year’s Festival of Communities, we are able to provide an opportunity for Queen Mary staff and students to continue to develop their face-to-face activity ideas to deliver at future events.

The Community Engagement Events Activity funding scheme is designed to support and enable Queen Mary activities to engage communities at future events in the 2020/2021 academic year. This can include community events run by charities and residents, as well as the Festival of Communities 2021 which will take place in June.

Funding of up to £500 per Queen Mary project is available to create new or adapt existing engagement activities. Social distancing within your activities should be considered, and the CPE team can help you incorporate this into the design of your activities.

The Community Engagement Events Activity funding scheme is open until 5pm, Monday 8 June 2020

If you are unable to apply at this time, we hope to launch our regular Festival of Communities funding scheme for 2021 in January.

Criteria and Eligibility


Due to the nature of the funding and purpose of the scheme, all applications to the Community Engagement Events Activity Funding Scheme must meet the following criteria:

  • The activity is appropriately designed to engage with the family audiences who are likely to attend community events
  • There is a clear link to research, teaching, or an initiative supporting the Strategy 2030 of Queen Mary University of London
  • Social distancing measures have been considered in the development of activity


Applications are welcome from across Queen Mary Schools, Institutes and Professional Services teams (academics, researchers, technical support staff, professional services staff, undergraduate students and postgraduate students).

Students must be registered with QM for the 2020/21 academic year, and staff must be contracted for the 2020/21 academic year. 

If successful, the funding will need to be spent by the end of the current financial year on July 31 2020. More details on this can be found in Notes for Successful Applicants [PDF 404KB]

Funding considerations

You can apply to cover the costs of the following:

  • Activity materials and consumables - anything you need to develop and run your activity.
  • Take home items – for visitors to develop their interest in the topic/learning in the future.
  • Decorations – to make your activity area look eye-catching and welcoming for visitors. E.g. table cloths, activity banner, posters, labels, balloons, bunting etc.
  • Specialist equipment purchase (if cannot be provided or supplied elsewhere at Queen Mary).
  • Equipment to enable social distancing within your activities

You cannot apply for funds to cover the cost of staff time to develop or deliver activities.

Advice and Support

All of our situations are very different now, and so if your home environment and workload allows for you to allocate some time to this activity now, please do apply. The CPE team are virtually available for support and to talk through your ideas.

You can book in to one of our Virtual Advice Surgery sessions for 30 minutes, 1-2-1 support with a member of the team. You can also email the team at with any questions about the process that you have.

The funding we are able to offer to support this fund has come from Queen Mary’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation, which has been awarded by UKRI to specifically support knowledge exchange activities between the University and the wider world. For more information on how HEIF is allocated and the activities it supports, please refer to the UKRI website.

How to apply

To apply to the scheme, please submit your proposal using the Google Form below. We are unable to accept any applications not submitted through this form.

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