Grants Program

The Widening Participation Grants Program is one of the University's social inclusion activities to widen participation and diversify our student cohort, a priority of our strategic plan. The projects fall into three main categories:

  1. Research on inclusion and exclusion
  2. Inclusive curriculum renewal
  3. Community engagement for social inclusion partnerships

The initiative is funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, and is managed as a partnership between the Social Inclusion Unit and the Institute for Teaching and Learning. The Grants Program is supported by the Widening Participation Scholars Network, which is a group of academic and general staff involved in social inclusion.

Flagship projects

Projects of up to $50,000 each can be funded in this category. Projects will be either multi-Faculty or cross-disciplinary (if in a large Faculty). Projects should build on/expand existing good practice within the University, and be genuinely collaborative. There is an emphasis on the sustainability of project outcomes. The projects must include a component of schools and community engagement, and be linked to a Faculty or Division strategic goal (e.g. low SES enrolment targets).

If any of the applicants are participating in a current Widening Participation grant, they must show evidence of progress towards achieving outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to work with the SIU and ITL to develop their applications.

Duration: up to 18 months
Flagship projects application form (coming soon)

Implementation projects

Undergraduate projects of up to $20,000 each can be funded in this category. The funding is for the adoption or implementation of existing good practice in a new context (for example implementing a previously funded initiative in a new faculty or a new course). These projects can take place within a single Faculty, discipline or large unit of study. NB. If any of the applicants are participating in a current Widening Participation grant, they must show evidence of progress towards achieving outcomes.

Duration: up to 18 months
Implementation projects application form (coming soon)