Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund

Get up to $25,000 to support community-university partnerships and projects.

The Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund awards up to $25,000 to support community-university partnerships that benefit communities across the province and advance collaborative research, teaching, and learning. 

Paid directly to community partners, funding removes financial barriers and prioritizes reciprocal, inclusive engagement so all communities — especially those that have been and continue to be underserved, marginalized, or excluded — can benefit. 

The fund helps applicants develop new or existing community-university relationships and especially welcomes applications from collaborative projects that advance: 

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion  
  • Indigenous engagement and reconciliation  
  • Health innovation and community wellbeing  
  • Sustainability and climate action  
  • Teaching, learning, and research excellence 

The CUES Fund is jointly administered by UBC Community Engagement and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Applications are currently closed

The Community-University Engagement Support Fund will reopen in August 2024.

The CUES Fund in action

The CUES Fund is unique in the Canadian post-secondary and research funding landscape, in that it provides funding directly to community partners. Since 2017, the fund has awarded $1,759,222 to 83 different community groups — including 32 Indigenous communities and organizations — and university partners from 10 different faculties across UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

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