Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund

UBC has approved CUES funding for 2022/23 with possible extension to 2026/27. We will be spending the summer restructuring the program and will relaunch in August 2022. 

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Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) is a competitive funding program that provides successful recipients at eligible community organizations in British Columbia the funds 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.

To date, a total of $1,759,222 has been paid directly to community partners. Why fund partners? Community-university partnerships enrich UBC research and education, support the non-profit sector, and help communities thrive. CUES 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.

CUES Funding Streams

CUES is jointly administered by UBC Community Engagement, Vice-President External Relations, and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. Funding has previously been allocated across two streams:

Explore Stream

Up to $13,000 per project

New or emerging – you are just getting to know each other and building trust.

Explore funding helps get emerging partnerships and projects off the ground. Take the time that’s needed to build trust, define shared interests, identify knowledge gaps and shared goals, and design collaborative research or teaching and learning projects.

Sustain Stream

Up to $25,000 per project

To sustain and build on an existing community-university relationship through shared action.

Sustain funding supports established partnerships that have already been working collaboratively and want to do more. Implement the findings of a previous or ongoing collaboration by translating research or teaching and learning results into actions that benefit communities.

CUES by the Numbers

Since CUES launched in 2017…

  • Total funding awarded: $1,759,222
  • Community groups funded: 81
  • Indigenous communities funded: 32
  • UBCV & UBCO Faculties and Units as co-applicants: 10

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Who is Eligible?

Interested in CUES funding? Before getting started, check that your partnership and project meet these minimum eligibility criteria:

  • The community partner is a registered Canadian charity or other qualified donee. (First Nation band councils without registered charity status are welcome to contact us at to explore eligibility options.)
  • The UBC partner is a current UBC faculty or staff member, or a student with a faculty signature.
  • Both partners and your proposed project are based in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Your proposed project has a shared purpose and benefit for the community you serve.
  • Your proposed project will begin in Spring 2022 and be completed within 18 months.

Not sure if you’re eligible? We’re always happy to discuss eligibility and answer your questions. Contact us at for more information.

How to Apply

The CUES application process is under going revisions for the next expected cycle. Please subscribe to our mailing list to stay up-dated when we re-launch the fund.

Info Session

There are no upcoming information sessions planned. Please, subscribe to our mailing list to stay up-dated when we re-launch the fund.

Eligible Expenses

Funding is intentionally flexible to support the different costs that are associated with community engagement activities. Below are examples of eligible and ineligible expenses:

Eligible Expenses

Expenses must be directly related to the proposed relationship and/or partnership-building activities and outcomes. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Salary/stipends for project team members supporting relationship and/or partnership-building activities
  • Honoraria for community members, elders, leaders and knowledge keepers or brokers
  • Training or education fees necessary for project team members to fully participate or contribute
  • Program or organizational evaluations or assessments
  • Engagement costs, including travel & accommodation, facilities/space rental fees, for meetings, hospitality and catering costs
  • Equipment and supplies that directly support relationship and/or partnership-building activities

Ineligible Expenses

CUES funds are not intended as a replacement for other sources of direct research funding or daily operational costs, or as an alternative source of funding for expenses not typically eligible by other research grants. Examples of ineligible expenses include:

  • Direct costs of research, e.g., costs associated with data collection, analysis or academic conference presentations.
  • Any administrative or core costs/expenses for community organizations, e.g., salaries associated with an organization’s daily operations or programming or office equipment.
  • Costs of alcohol.

Past Fund Recipients

We are always happy to hear from potential applicants to discuss their projects and answer questions. Contact us at