Awards & Funding

The awards and funding on this page are related to or directly support engagement between the university and wider communities.

Types of funding:

For Community Partners

For Students

For Faculty

For Alumni

Community Funding Sources


For Community Partners

Please also check Community Funding Sources for funds available to community groups.

NameDescriptionDeadlineAmount
Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) FundCommunity-University Engagement Support (CUES) is a competitive funding program that provides successful recipients at charitable organizations in British Columbia to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC. We support the partners behind collaborative research, teaching and learning projects that benefit communities across the province.Notice of Intent: October 14, 2021Explore Stream: Up to $13,000 per project.
Sustain Stream: Up to $25,000 per project
Partnership Recognition FundThe Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund (PRF) is designed to help fill small resource gaps and acknowledge the work of community groups that partner with UBC. We especially welcome applications for projects that advance equity and justice through reciprocal community engagement.TBD$1,500 per project (min. $500)

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For Students

NameUBC UnitDescriptionDeadlinesAmount
Chapman & Innovation GrantsCentre for Community Engaged LearningFunding for larger community projects.Staggered$1,500 – $10,000
Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) FundUBC Community Engagement OfficeThe CUES fund is designed to foster and support community-university engagements with diverse communities by offsetting costs for community partners who are collaborating with or seeking to collaborate with UBC partners on research, teaching or learning projects.StaggeredExplore Stream: Up to $15,000 per project (min. $7,500)
Sustain Stream: Up to $30,000 per project (min. $15,000)
Connect to Community GrantsCentre for Community Engaged LearningThe Connect to Community grant funds smaller community projects up to $1,500 that take place over a 2 week to 2 month period.Staggered$200 – $1,500
Partnership Recognition FundUBC Community EngagementFunding for community partners, designed to help fill small resource gaps and acknowledge the contributions that community partners make to UBC.Staggered$1,500 per project (min. $500)
Walter H. Gage Memorial FundVice President, StudentsThe Walter Gage Memorial Fund provides financial support for non-curricular student projects and activities that enhance the University’s reputation and have broad interest to students at UBC.MarchUp to $2,000
UBC & AMS Global FundAMS and Global LoungeThe Global Fund supports initiatives, projects or events that involve international engagement, intercultural understanding, sustainability or collaboration?Monthly deadlinesUp to $2,000

In addition, consider the following student fellowship and sponsorship opportunities:

NameDescriptionApplication/Nomination PeriodAmount
International Community Achievement AwardOffered to international undergraduate students with demonstrated community leadership and intercultural engagement.September$5,000
Killam Awards for Excellence in MentoringThe Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring recognize outstanding mentorship of numerous graduate students over many years.Likely in September$5,000
MITACS Fellowships and InternshipsDevelop your career through new research connections, experience, and professional skills training. Funding is available for all disciplines.Dependent on programDependent on program
Science Policy FellowshipsThe Science Policy Fellowships program gives health researchers and trainees the opportunity to gain real world experience in health policy making. Researchers from all areas of health can apply to spend six to twelve months in a policy setting where they will work as part of a policy team.Likely in December$35,000 – $80,000
Trudeau Foundation Doctoral ScholarshipTrudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support highly gifted and actively engaged doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment.Likely in OctoberUp to $40,000 stipend plus up to $20,000 research and travel allowance per year for three years

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For Faculty

The list below is of UBC awards related to engagement and knowledge mobilization.

NameUBC UnitDescriptionDeadlinesAmount
Advancing Community Engaged Learning FundCentre for Community Engaged LearningThe grants are intended for the development, innovation, evaluation, and improvement of approaches, resources and systems that enable community engaged learning to grow and sustain as a practise at UBC.Consult the websiteUp to $10,000
Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) FundUBC Community Engagement OfficeThe CUES fund is designed to foster and support community-university engagements with diverse communities by offsetting costs for community partners who are collaborating with or seeking to collaborate with UBC partners on research, teaching or learning projects.StaggeredExplore Stream: Up to $15,000 per project (min. $7,500)
Sustain Stream: Up to $30,000 per project (min. $15,000)
Faculty Community Service AwardAlumni UBCThis award recognizes a UBC faculty member or professor emeritus who has rendered significant community service in areas other than teaching and research.Februaryn/a
Partnership Recognition FundUBC Community EngagementFunding for community partners, designed to help fill small resource gaps and acknowledge the contributions that community partners make to UBC.Staggered$1,500 per project (min. $500)
President’s Award for Public Education through MediaVice President Research and International (VPRI)A $3,000 research stipend presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University and the community by sharing research expertise via the news mediaOctober 15th$3,000
Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing ArtsVice President Research and International (VPRI)Biennial award recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to (and performances in) art, music, creative writing, theatre or filmTBD$1,000
SSHRC Connection GrantsSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Connection grants support “events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.” Activities can include, but are not limited to: workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, and summer institutes.Consult the SSHRC websiteConsult the SSHRC website
SSHRC Partnership Engagement GrantsSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Partnership Engagement grants support “partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.”Consult the SSHRC websiteConsult the SSHRC website
Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Performing ArtsVice President Research and International (VPRI)Biennial award recognizing faculty who have made outstanding education and development contributions to (and performances in) art, music, creative writing, theatre or film; and outstanding scholarship in the fine and creative artsOctober 15th$1,000
MITACS grants, funding, and fellowshipsMITACSFind new grant sources, local and global research opportunities, and training for students and postdocs. Funding is available for all disciplines. Effective January 2015, Accelerate is open to both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organizations, such as industry associations, charitable organizations, and economic development organizations.Dependent on programDependent on program
Health After 2020UBC HealthThis grant is designed to address the challenges brought on by the pandemic in the health sector and aims to support new interdisciplinary collaborations which may lead to new research programs and engagement with policymakers and communities.opens July 2021up to $10,000

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For Alumni

NameUBC UnitDescriptionDeadlinesAmount
Volunteer Leadership Alumni Achievement AwardAlumni UBCThis award honours an alumnus, honorary alumnus or group of alumni who have contributed significantly as a volunteer to the University and/or the Alumni Association, over a sustained period. They have enriched the lives of others through their generous gifts of time, talent, or treasure, and their involvement with university-related causes outside of their career responsibilities.Januaryn/a 

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Community Funding Sources

In addition to the above, there are external funding opportunities from foundations, government and local institutions that are available to community and UBC partners, including but not limited to:

NameOrganization/FounderDescriptionDeadlinesAmount
Charity Village’s Listing of Funding SourcesCharity VillageCharity Village provides links to online databases and directories of funding agencies and foundations of interest to Canadian individuals and organizations, plus online tools and resources of value to those involved in prospect research and other areas of fundraising.Varies by grantVaries by grant
City of Vancouver Grants and AwardsCity of VancouverView information on grants and funding for arts and culture, strong communities, and sustainability.Varies by grantVaries by grant
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation GrantmakingMcConnell FoundationThe Foundation currently emphasizes grantmaking in four strategic areas: Inclusion, Sustainability, Resilience, Innovation.Varies by grantVaries by grant
Vancity Community GrantsVancity Credit UnionVancity has several grants/funds for community projects, including: Community Partnership Program, EnviroFund Grants, Shared Success Grants, and Vancity Community Foundation Strategic Programs funds.Varies by grantVaries by grant
Vancouver Foundation GrantsVancouver FoundationVancouver Foundation grants support thousands of projects every year to help build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across BC.Varies by grantVaries by grant
Intersectoral Action FundGovernment of CanadaPublic Health Agency of Canada is seeking proposals for community-based projects that support collective action on the social determinants of health. July 12, 2021$25,000 – $250,000

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