COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANTS SCHEME
The Community Engagement Grants Scheme (CEGS) provides funding to UOW staff and students for collaborative projects that are predominately service-orientated, consistent with the University’s Community Engagement Priorities and have a clear community benefit.
Each year approximately $50,000 is awarded to educational, research or outreach projects that involve UOW staff and/or students collaborating with a community partner.
Established in 2005, approximately $350,000 has been awarded to 45 projects to date. Funded projects have produced strong community outcomes such as reading resources for community language schools; the first comprehensive report on needs of children with disabilities in the region; a short film acknowledging Dharawal Country, created in collaboration with the local Aboriginal community; and the creation of a range of multimedia legal advocacy resources for young people and a project aimed at improving the nutritional status of older clients of Meals on Wheels services.
Applications are normally sought between April-June and awarded in September. They will be promoted via this website.
Successful project recipients will be announced and awarded in September. Detailed selection criteria and information regarding submission can be found in the 2012 Community Engagement Grants Scheme Guidelines (below).
Application Process - Please note the 2012 funding round has now closed
Applying & Guidelines
Successful applicants will be announced in September. Project leaders and their community partners will be invited to a Presentation Breakfast where grants will be presented and successful grant applicants and their partners will be asked to provide a brief overview of their Project.
|Contact Us||Keirin McCormack|
Community Engagement Officer
Office of Community and Partnerships
Phone: +61 2 4221 2518
Community Engagement Manager
Office of Community and Partnerships
Phone: +61 2 4221 3110
Links to Past Projects
- The first comprehensive report into current and future needs of children with disabilities in the Illawarra was developed as part of a 2005 project, led by the Faculty of Commerce and Disability Trust. (See images, right)
- A range of reading resources were developed as part of a 2006 project, which involved the development and sharing of skills, resources and expertise between Community Language Schools and the Faculty of Education staff and students.
- A range of multimedia legal advocacy resources were developed as part of a 2007 project led by former UOW student Gabrielle Watts.
- Collaboration between the Physiotherapy Department at Wollongong Hospital, The Disability Trust and Dr Sim Lau from UOW’s Faculty of Informatics, led to the development of a DVD resource kit to help children with cerebral palsy reach their full potential, as part of a 2008 Project.
- A short film acknowledging Dharawal Country and accompanying protocols were created by the Faculty of Commerce in collaboration with the local Aboriginal community, as part of a 2009 Project aimed at actively engaging staff and students in the traditional practice of acknowledging Country.
- A unique enterprise model underpinned a 2010 Project to provide paid work experience at local events and festivals for 30 refugees. The greenCONNECT Illawarra project is led by UOW Faculty of Science student Ingrid Errington and Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF). It has run a successful recycling service to events like ‘Brekky on the beach’, Wollongong Council’s Viva La Gong and the 2011 Illawarra Folk Festival.
- A book 'Flowering wonderfully - the Botanical Legacy of Janet Cosh' tracing the life of a woman with a deep interest in the local botany and nature, and whose legacy is also remembered in the landscape: in the Janet Cosh Wildflower Walk, the Janet Cosh Memorial Room, the Janet Cosh Lookout at Fitzroy Falls and in the Cosh Park, Sutton Forest. The book and a travelling exhibition were the main outcones of a 2011 project funded by CEGS.