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Melbourne Engagement Grants 2018

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 26 February 2018 (AEDT).


The Melbourne Engagement Grants program provides seed funding for engagement initiatives developed by academic and professional staff of the University of Melbourne. Initiatives must seek to advance the University's engagement priorities, detailed in the strategy Engagement at Melbourne 2015–2020

In 2018 grants will be available across five categories:

  • Communities of Place and Interest (up to $10,000)
  • Public Conversations and Policy Development (up to $10,000)
  • Enabling and Engagement Capacity Building (up to $10,000)
  • Object-Based Learning (up to $20,000)
  • Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) and Creative Industries Collaboration (up to $20,000)

Grants may be used to assist in the development of a relationship(s) with a potential partner(s), which may in turn lead to future linkage/research grants. However, grant applications need not have a partnership in place or have an external partner contributing funding or in-kind support, to be eligible for consideration.

Grants will be awarded for projects commencing in 2018. Grant funding must be used by 31 December 2018 and cannot be carried forward.


IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.


Welcome to the Melbourne Engagement Grants 2018 online grant application service.

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please refer to the 2018 Melbourne Engagement Grants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page, contact us on 9035 3505 or 9035 5850 during business hours, or email and quote your application number.

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

You can also call the SmartyGrants help desk between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday: +61 3 9320 6888


On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.


You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.


You may need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.

You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.


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