Melbourne Engagement Grants (MEGs) program

In its second year, the Melbourne Engagement Grants (MEGs) provides staff with seed funding for projects that further the University's engagement priorities, with a particular emphasis on projects that reflect the role of engagement as an integral element of the academic mission.

The 2015 grants program saw 25 projects funded from MDHS, Arts, VCA/MCM, ABP and Science. Please consider how you could utilise these grants to undertake engagement projects or initiatives.

In 2016 grants will be awarded across six categories:

  1. Communities of Place and Interest (up to $10,000)
    Innovative projects with community partners, including the Keystone Engagement Programs supporting communities of place and interest, or with communities across Australia and internationally, to achieve intellectual, social, cultural and economic impact
  2. Public Conversations and Policy Development (up to $10,000)
    Projects that contribute to understanding, influencing and leading public conversations and public policy
  3. Building Engagement Capacity (up to $10,000)
    Projects that build the University's capacity to engage beyond the academy to create public value and enrich academic work
  4. Object-based learning seed funding (up to $20,000)
    Innovative curriculum development and student enrichment projects drawing on archives and collections held by the University and/or partner organisation
  5. Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) and creative industries funding (up to $20,000)
    Projects with galleries, libraries, archives and museums, and other cultural sector organisations; exhibitions and performances, such as ARC Linkage Projects or Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities applications
  6. Cultural Research Translation (up to $5000)
    Innovative publication and communications initiatives that increase the reach and impact of cultural research

The program is open to fixed-term or continuing full or part-time members of staff of The University of Melbourne and funding must be spent by the end of 2016.


Online applications open at 9am Monday 1 February with applications closing at 5pm Thursday 10 March 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

In 2016 applications will only be accepted via Smarty Grants application form.

Information session

An information session will be held 12-1pm Friday 19 February in the Malaysian Theatre, B-121, Melbourne School of Design for interested applicants. This session will introduce the Engagement Strategy and new grant categories, as well as provide a forum for applicants to ask project-specific questions.

More information

For any enquiries or problems with the application process please contact Felicity Strong, Grants Coordinator, on +61 3 8344 1163 or email