Community Engagement Grants

Supporting University of Melbourne researchers to develop interdisciplinary and community-engaged networks.


The Melbourne Social Equity Institute supports collaborative research between academics, members of community organisations, policymakers and people with lived experiences which helps build fairer societies.

Launched in 2020, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's Community Engagement Grants scheme is aimed at University of Melbourne researchers with an idea to test, explore and develop in partnership with members of disadvantaged or marginalised communities.

The funding enables researchers to develop interdisciplinary and community-engaged networks within and external to the University. The scheme also aims to support research ideas that may lead to a proposal for future rounds of the Institute’s Seed Funding Program or the Community Fellows Program.

The Community Engagement Grants are designed to build a researcher’s / research team’s ability to engage with community issues at a grassroots level.

The maximum amount of funding available is $3000 per project.

2022/2023 Grant Recipients

2020/2021 Grant Recipients

Application Process

Applications closed at 5pm AEDT on Monday 17 October 2022. The details below are for information purposes only.

Applications for the Community Engagements Grants opened on Monday 29 August 2022.

To be eligible,  the lead applicant must be research-active and hold:

  • a PhD, and
  • at the minimum, an 0.5 FTE salaried, academic research-inclusive appointment at the University of Melbourne until 31 December 2023 at the least.

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • Information about the lead applicant
  • Details for any University of Melbourne collaborators if known at this stage
  • The external collaborators you would like to engage with or with whom you are in discussions
  • An indication of the research priority area(s) that their idea aligns with
  • A description of the  problem or opportunity that they would like to explore (up to 250 words)
  • An explanation of  how they will engage with people with lived experiences and/or the community organisations that support them (up to 250 words)
  • A description of the potential community engagement activities that they wish to undertake with your potential / identified community partners (up to 250 words)
  • The anticipated start and end dates
  • A project budget

The maximum amount of funding available is $3000 per project. Funds may be used for:

  • Employing research assistants
  • Remuneration to support community participation (e.g. vouchers for participation in a workshop or roundtable). Please refer to the rates suggested in the Institute's Guidelines for Equitable and Fair Remuneration for Community Research Participants
  • Employing professional staff to provide administrative or project management support
  • Translation, interpretation and accessibility costs that may be required to support the participation of team members or research participants
  • Consultant costs for workshop preparation, facilitation and/or post-workshop follow-up
  • Modest costs associated with travel expenses, accommodation and catering, given the current COVID-19 pandemic
  • Registration or membership fees to support engagement with a new network/association.

Funds may NOT be used for:

  • Salary top-ups to existing University of Melbourne staff for additional workload
  • Renewing existing registration/membership fees for a network/association.

Applications which request funds to supplement another University grant, external grant or research contract will generally be excluded from consideration.


To discuss the Community Engagement Grants application process, please contact Professor Jo Barraket (Director) or Charlene Edwards (Executive Officer).

For general enquiries, please contact