About the Social Impact Grants
Our strategic focus on social justice initiatives has already created a rich array of successful research and practice efforts that contribute to communities locally and globally.
The UTS Social Impact Grants support researchers and practitioners within our community to maximise their contribution to positive social change, through projects with alignment to strategic areas of impact.
Ten grants of up to $5,000 are offered, across two categories; research and practice.
The grants are administered by the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.
Social justice is at the heart of the university’s vision and purpose, and underpins our UTS 2027 strategic plan.
Our social justice agenda is guided by the UTS Social Impact Framework, an institution-wide approach to driving social change both within and beyond our campus and community.
Applications that demonstrate alignment with UTS social justice strategies and areas of focus – including Access and Inclusion, Widening Participation, Athena SWAN – are encouraged.
Offered for initiatives that demonstrate UTS’s contribution to social impact in line with the Social Impact Framework.
Practice grants can support collaborative projects involving staff, students, or both. They may include:
- Teaching and learning projects
- Initiatives/events that build the culture of inclusion and social justice at UTS
- Initiatives/events that support collaborations between UTS and the communities to which we are connected
- Other projects that further the goals of the Social Impact Framework.
The grants can be used flexibly to fund entire projects or used for aspects of initiatives including: by helping progress projects from the concept phase into development or delivery phases; as a catalyst to progress current projects; or to assist in evaluation of projects nearing completion.
Focused on supporting community-engaged research, where researchers work in reciprocal partnerships, with the community driving the purpose, design, implementation and use of research.
Research outcomes will be published and shared through UTS and the broader community in both academic and non-academic formats. An ideal outcome from each grant would be a publishable academic peer reviewed article, and a shorter public facing discussion paper or public engagement piece that can include:
- Open access
- Policy or industry reports
- Lay media publications or broadcast
- Public seminars, demonstrations, exhibits or events
- Public awareness campaigns
- Public policy action.
Like the Practice Grants, Research Grants can be used flexibly to fund entire projects or they can be used for aspects of initiatives including: by helping progress projects from the concept phase into development or delivery phases; as a catalyst to progress current projects; or to assist in evaluation of projects nearing completion.
An information session for interested applicants is being held on 23rd March 2020 at UTS, via Zoom. RSVP for the Social Impact Grant Briefing session by contacting Robert.Carremail@example.com.
We welcome applications from any member of UTS staff, permanent, sessional and casual, who have expertise or interest in specific areas of the framework. We also welcome group applications, and projects working in partnership with community organisations.
We also welcome and encourage applications from UTS students, including higher degree research students, who have expertise or interest in specific areas of the framework.
As a condition of the grant, students must identify an academic or professional staff mentor and supervisor for their initiative. Funds will be dispersed to the involved staff member’s faculty or unit and the nominated staff member will take joint responsibility for the financial acquittal of the grant.
Applications are currently open and will close on 30 April 2020.
Applications to be submitted through a short google form.
Grant applications will be assessed according to the following considerations:
- Project scope, intended social impact and intended beneficiaries of the project outcomes
- Stakeholder engagement
- Demonstrated alignment with the values and mission of the Social Impact Framework
- Existing expertise in relation to the subject area, ideally with examples of published work or delivered programs
- Ability to deliver within timeframe
- Evidence of good project management and planning – realistic timeframe, project deliverables, budget allocations
- Endorsement of the Faculty Dean/Unit Director/Supervisor
- (Desirable) familiarity and alignment with related programs and initiatives at UTS
Successful applicants will be notified by 20 May 2020.
Each grant will be awarded up to $5,000 including on costs. Payments will be transferred to the staff member’s faculty or unit for disbursement. As part of the application process, all applications will need to include a budget for how the grant will be spent.
As a condition of the grants, successful applicants will be required to attend a two-hour evaluation workshop on 9 or 11 June 2020.
All grants will need to be financially acquitted by 10 December 2020. Grant outcomes for research projects and practice initiatives need to be near completion by January 2021. Evaluations for both grant categories are to be submitted by 28 February 2021.
If you would like to pre-prepare your answers before you submit your application form, you can view the questions we will be asking. This is NOT the official application form, just the questions that will be asked. The official application method is via this google form.
For more information, to submit supporting documentation or if you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 February 2020: Applications Open
23 March 2020: Social Impact Grant Briefing
30 April 2020: Applications close
20 May 2020: Successful applicants notified
9 or 11 June 2020: Required one-day evaluation workshop for all grant recipients
28 February 2021: All evaluations and reporting due