Public Engagement

Community Engagement Grants

The Community Engagement Small Grants scheme is designed to provide up to £500 of funding to support activities which engage with community-based organisations and uses research, teaching, or core business of Queen Mary to develop and deliver projects that address needs identified by the local community.

The funding to support this activity has come from the Queen Mary’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation, which has been awarded by UKRI to specifically support and develop 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.

Criteria and Eligibility 

Full information on the criteria of the scheme can be found in our Small Grants Guidance 2021-22 [PDF 196KB] document.

All applications to the Community Engagement category must meet the following criteria:

  • There is a clear commitment to collaborate with community organisations to shape and deliver the activities
  • The projects are based on a need (or needs) identified by the local community
  • There is an opportunity to engage and involve the local community with research, teaching or the core business of Queen Mary University of London
  • The activity clearly demonstrates two-way public engagement that provides mutual benefit. In practice this means:
    • The activity has opportunities for conversation between the organisers and participants
    • Both the organisers and participants are impacted by the activity in some way and take these benefits away with them. Benefits might include knowledge, skills, insights/ideas, and perspectives.

Applicants must be current staff or students at Queen Mary, with an end date no sooner than twelve months from the date of application. We welcome applications from staff and students at all career stages—and this is not used as a criterion in the selection process.

Lead applicants must be the individuals who will be responsible for delivering the project and subsequent reporting. External applicants are able to apply to the scheme as named co-applicants if collaborating with Queen Mary staff or students on a project.

To ensure all to assure that applications engage external publics with Queen May research, teaching, or services, all submissions must have at least one applicant based at the University who will be held resonsibile for assisting in the delivery of projects and reporting on outcomes.

Projects must be intending to complete their activities-- and associated spend-- by the end of the financial year on July 31.

Advice and Support

The Centre for Public Engagement strongly encourage that all individuals considering applying for a Small Grant familiarise themselves with the Application Guidance document and seek support from the team on the development of their applications. Projects that seek support from the CPE are more successful at panel review.

Guidance Document

The Guidance Document contains key information on the scheme which will help strengthen your submission.

Small Grants Guidance 2021-22 [PDF 196KB]

Advice Surgeries

The CPE hold regular fortnightly Advice Surgeries to support people with public engagement. The team would be happy to discuss your project and application to the Small Grants during one of these sessions. For further location information including dates and how to book, please see our Advice Surgeries page here

Application Review

As they are not involved with the panel review, the CPE are able to read and give advice on applications to the scheme ahead of their submission.

If you would like the team to read your submission, you can download a copy of the Small Grants Draft Application 2021-22 [DOC 28KB] to fill out and email to You must submit this to the team at least one week ahead of the funding deadline you intend to submit for.


How to apply

The Small Grant Scheme is currently closed to applications whilst we await our funding allocation for the year. To enable applicants to prepare for submissions when the round reopens, we have made the 2021-22 application form available to work on offline here: Small Grants Draft Application 2021-22 [DOC 28KB].

Please note: we will not accept any applications submitted to us via this Word Document; they must be submitted through this Google Form (below) when the round opens. To be notified when the round opens please email or subscribe to the CPE's Newsletter