Community Engagement Grants 2022/23 Awarded

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute has awarded grants to five new community engagement projects.

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.

We are delighted to announce five projects have been awarded Community Engagement Grants, each receiving funding of up to $3000.

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 2022/23 Community Engagement Grant recipients are:

Dr Wilfred Yang Wang
School of Culture and Communication

In collaboration with the Centre for Holistic Health and Boroondara Chinese Senior Citizen Club, this project will pilot a ‘community ambassador approach’ to understand info-anxiety among older Chinese migrants in Melbourne.

Dr C.Q. Quinan
School of Culture and Communication

Exploring how sex/gender data is collected by sectors in Australia and engaging with trans and gender diverse communities to identify their experiences and priorities and understand best practices.

Dr Sarah Woodland
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Collaborating with Flat Out, a state-wide advocacy and support service for women, trans and gender diverse people (and their children) who have been criminalised, to explore how creative practice led by criminalised women in the community might support transformative justice outcomes.

Dr Nicholas Hill
School of Social and Political Sciences

Working with LGBTIQA+ people working in peer roles across diverse service settings – including mental health, suicide prevention, transgender affirmative care, disability support, housing, sexual health and substance use – to understand their experiences, document concerns, and identify models of best practice.

Dr Dave McDonald
School of Social and Political Sciences

Developing a collaborative partnership with the Careleavers Australasia Network (CLAN) to co-design a project to examine how practices involving the preservation of history (such as the National Orphanage Museum) may be understood as unofficial truth projects.